The economics of nitrogen fertilizer cutbacks to reduce potential ground water contamination : a case study of selected Arizona crops

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Title:
The economics of nitrogen fertilizer cutbacks to reduce potential ground water contamination : a case study of selected Arizona crops
Author:
Selig, Margot Littman,1961-
Issue Date:
1992
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Agricultural uses of nitrogen have contributed to the degradation of around water quality nationwide. Although the seriousness of nitrate contamination of Arizona around water has yet to be determined, nitrogen rates in Arizona agriculture are among the highest in the country. This study used experimental crop data for 11 Arizona crops to examine the relationships between nitrogen fertilizer use and short-run net returns and yield. The results showed that 1) farmers may apply nitrogen 20 to 30 percent above the profit maximizing level with little effect on profits; 2) a nitrogen tax will be ineffective in reducing nitrogen use; and 3) farmers could often reduce nitrogen applications 10 to 20 percent below the yield maximizing level with minor losses in net returns.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Groundwater -- Pollution -- Arizona.; Nitrogen fertilizers -- Environmental aspects.; Nitrogen fertilizers -- Control -- Economic aspects -- Arizona.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Agricultural and Resource Economics; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Ayer, Harry

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe economics of nitrogen fertilizer cutbacks to reduce potential ground water contamination : a case study of selected Arizona cropsen_US
dc.creatorSelig, Margot Littman,1961-en_US
dc.contributor.authorSelig, Margot Littman,1961-en_US
dc.date.issued1992en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractAgricultural uses of nitrogen have contributed to the degradation of around water quality nationwide. Although the seriousness of nitrate contamination of Arizona around water has yet to be determined, nitrogen rates in Arizona agriculture are among the highest in the country. This study used experimental crop data for 11 Arizona crops to examine the relationships between nitrogen fertilizer use and short-run net returns and yield. The results showed that 1) farmers may apply nitrogen 20 to 30 percent above the profit maximizing level with little effect on profits; 2) a nitrogen tax will be ineffective in reducing nitrogen use; and 3) farmers could often reduce nitrogen applications 10 to 20 percent below the yield maximizing level with minor losses in net returns.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshGroundwater -- Pollution -- Arizona.en_US
dc.subject.lcshNitrogen fertilizers -- Environmental aspects.en_US
dc.subject.lcshNitrogen fertilizers -- Control -- Economic aspects -- Arizona.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Resource Economicsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairAyer, Harryen_US
dc.identifier.oclc225644446en_US
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