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2635. Hoag, D., D. Taylor, and D. Young. 1984. Do acreage diversion programs encourage farming erodible land? A Palouse case study.. J. Soil Water Cons. 39:138-143.
Analysis shows that farming erodible class IVe land in the high rainfall zone of the Palouse generally covers variable costs of production even in the absence of USDA acreage reduction programs. The economic disincentives of USDA programs served to prevent conversion of these lands to permanent grass cover. Even under the CRP, farmers will continue to profit from farming this class of land.

8298. Young, D.L. and K.M. Painter. 1990. The normal crop acreage proposal and sustainable farming systems: hope for the future? p. 70-75.. IN: 1990 Field Day Research Report, Dept. of Agronomy & Soils, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA.
A hypothetical economic assessment of base acreage changes and net returns was made for a 5-year period, comparing the Food Security Act provisions to those of a normal crop acreage approach. A PALS rotation was equally profitable compared with a conventional system under the FSA, but more profitable under NCA. A system based on the Don Lambert farm was least profitable. Loss of base under FSA was a significant penalty for the alternative systems.

10109. Young, D.L. and K.M. Painter. 1991 Feb.. Crop rotations: economic considerations and implications.. Paper presented at Farming for Profit and Stewardship (Annual Crop) Conference, Lewiston, ID.
Six crop rotations were studied for their economic implications. The rotations were winter wheat-winter wheat-spring pea (WW-WW-SP), ww-spring barley-clover (WW-SB-CL), ww-summer fallow-rapeseed, bluegrass (6 yrs) + W-P-W-B-P (3X), WW-WW-SW. The WW-SB-CL rotation incurred the lowest variable cost at $70/ac. Monoculture wheat incurred the highest variable cost at $128/ac. Under current prices and program projections, the most profitable rotations were 1) WW-SB-SP 2) WW-SB-CL 3) WW-SP. Their findings also show that Palouse farmers desire to diversify crop rotations, but economics and government programs hinder diversification. Several tables are included that show the rotations by variable costs, net costs, yields, base acreage assumptions, etc.

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