Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Version

Publication Date

1-2021

Abstract

This empirical paper investigates how duration of conservation tillage (CT) usage affects farmers’ perceptions on production cost, cash crop yields, and economic returns. This paper was based on the analysis of responses from 708 surveys completed by South Dakota farmers in 2018. Our results suggest that it takes between 5 and 10 years before CT is regarded as profitable by the majority of adopters. The likelihoods of adoption and positive outcomes are higher in areas with less precipitation. Adoption subsidies should account for agro-climatic characteristics and decrease with duration of usage. In areas with relatively high rainfall, monetary incentives may be required to encourage CT adoption. However, such inducements may only need to be offered for the first several years of adoption before the beneficial effects of CT render them unnecessary.

Publication Title

Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

Volume

76

Issue

1

DOI of Published Version

10.2489/jswc.2021.00187

Publisher

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Rights

© 2021 Soil and Water Conservation Society

Comments

This is the peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication.

Available for download on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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