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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.

10526. Berardi, G.M.. 1977. An energy and economic analysis of conventional and organic wheat farming.. p. 439-447 In: R.C. Loehr (ed.). Food, Fertilizer, and agricultural residues. Ann Arbor Sci. Publ..
Twenty farms growing winter wheat in PA and NY were selected for study, with ten using conventional fertilizers and ten using organic fertilizers. The average profitability for the conventional farms was $59.50/ha versus $14.55 for the organic farms. Wheat production by conventional farming pracctices averaged 48% higher energy inputs and only 29% higher yields than wheat produced by organic farmers. It was primarily the use of nitrogen fertilizers that resulted in the higher total energy inputs for the conventional farms.

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