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3752. Kraten, S.L.. 1979. A preliminary examination of the economic performance and energy intensiveness of organic and conventional small grain farms in the Northwest.. M.A. Thesis, Dept. of Agr. Econ., WSU, Pullman, WA. 158pp..
Economic and energy profiles from six organic farms were compared with similar conventional farms. The conventional farms produced 2% more crop value per acre than the organic farms. The organic farms had 22.4% higher net return due to lower variable costs. The conventional farms were 52.6% more energy intensive per dollar value of output than the organic farms. The organic farms yielded 39.9 bu/ac and conventional farms yielded 35.2 bu/ac. T: Average returns and energy use for organic and conventional farms. Cost, returns, and energy use by crop.