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7533. Whittlesey, N.K. and R.E. Oehlschlaeger. 1969. Cost of production budgets for dryland crops in eastern Washington.. WA Agr. Expt. Sta. Circular #501.
Detailed estimates for 10 regions. T: over 44

4474. Michalson, E.L.. 1964. Machinery costs and performance data for wheat-pea farms in the P. WA Agr. Expt. Sta. Circ. #437.
T: Estimated costs for trucks and tractors. Performance and cost data for tillage, harvesting implements.

7414. Walker, D.J.. 1990 Jan.. Soil Loss Damage Model. STEEP Annual Review, Moscow, ID.
A PC computer model for estimating soil loss damage over time was demonstrated. The model indicates at what point in time it becomes "profitable" to switch to a conservation tillage or management system. A penalty for lost productivity due to soil erosion is calculated and carried forward a specified number of years. Walker indicated that the yield penalty for peas under conservation tillage is 14%. A sample printout shows all the input data and the topsoil depth, current profit advantage, erosion cost, and net value for each year of the projection.

7722. Young, D., A. Chaudhry, and F. Xu. 1987. Price, yield, gross returns, and harvested acres time series for crops in Washington state, Whitman County, and the Columbia Basin.. Agr. Economics Staff Paper AE 87-1.
This is the most recent compilation of crop price and yield data. Most tables report data back to the early 1950's.

7786. Engel, R., L.E. Welty, R. Lockerman, J. Bergman, G. Kushnak, L. Prestbye, and J. Sims. 1987. Annual legumes and cereal grain rotations in Montana.. Montana AgResearch 4(3):1-4.
Montana researchers examined the performance of several grain legumes (dry pea, chickpea, lentil) and their effect on a subsequent barley crop. Dry pea production was the highest. A subsequent barley crop rsponded to added N fertilizer at three out of six sites. Barley yields following legumes were generally equal to or greater than yields following fallow. The annual legumes contributed to soil N and reduced the fertilizer N needed to reach maximum yield by 40-55 lb N/ac when compared to recrop barley. This translated into savings of $10-14/ac for fertilizer N.

9923. Kendall, D.. 1989. He sets his own grain prices.. The New Farm, Jan. 1989, p. 54-59..
Zane Zell of Shelby, Montana has grown as many as 1000 acres with no purchased chemicals, and only 12" annual rainfall, while producing the same average yields as conventional farmers. Zell says the key to his fertility is the Austrian winter pea green manure crop he grows. Besides fuel, the only other purchased input he uses is rock phosphate, about every four or five years. Weed control is achieved by timely field preparation with a plow and a rod weeder. Because of the growing demand for organically grown food, Zell is sold out a month after harvest. By turning his wheat grain into flour and cleaning and bagging his speciality legumes, he is able to increase his profits by up to 350%.

10328. Viden, P.. 1992. Canadians swiping Indian lentil market.. Daily News, Pullman, WA 3/20/92, p. 12A..
Canadian subsidies are being blamed for significant losses of markets in south Asia for U.S. dry pea producers. Prices for peas landing in Bombay are $2.50 cwt less than the market price in the Pacific Northwest. Excellent Canadian harvests in recent years have also helped them expand markets.

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