Potential erosion and fertilizer controls in the Corn Belt: an economic analysis

Taylor, C.R.; Frohberg, K.K.; Seitz, W.D.

Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 33(4): 173-176


The intermediate-term economic effects of imposing various controls on erosion and N fertilizer use in the Corn Belt are estimated through the solution of a linear programming model of crop production. Stringent N limitations would greatly increase food costs to consumers and generate higher farm incomes through higher crop prices. Policies limiting soil loss would have smaller impacts than N restrictions.