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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Burton Pflueger


This thesis examines the long run economics of seven crop rotation and tillage system combinations. The seven cropping systems were evaluated by expanding on date obtained from South Dakota State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Beresford, South Dakota from 1991 to 2001. From this data, the annual economic net revenues were calculated for each cropping system including both explicit and implicit costs, evaluating the economic feasibility of each system. This thesis also compares different crop rotations constant, and analyzes the seven cropping system while varying both crop rotations and tillage systems. These combinations are then evaluated based on risk management strategies using a total cumulative net revenue analysis, a max-max analysis, a min-max analysis, and a standard deviation analysis. The results found that none of the seven systems were economically feasible over the ten years of the study.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Crop rotation -- Economic aspects -- South Dakota
Tillage -- Economic aspects -- South Dakota
Cropping systems -- Economic aspects -- South Dakota




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