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2349. Hae, F.K.. 1981. Climate's impact on food supplies: Can it be identified?. L.E. Slater and S.K. Levin (eds.). Climate's impact on food supplies. p. 9.

10546. Rasmussen, P.E. and C.L. Douglas Jr.. 1991. Effect of rill erosion during early vegetative growth on winter wheat yield.. Agron. J. 83:729-732.
Rill erosion effects on winter wheat growth and yield were determined in six fields where rill erosion occurred during early vegetative growth. Rill erosion reduced head density, dry matter yield, N uptake, and grain yield at all sites. The rill/non-rill grain yield ratio varied from 0.84 to 0.94. The estimated yield reduction per ha associated with average rill development was between 0.9 and 1.2%. Assuming a 36 Mg/ha soil loss, the calculated yield reduction from winter wheat fields yielding 5.2 Mg/ha is 88 kg grain/ha (about $13/ha for wheat valued at $0.147). This erosion cost would encompass a significant percentage of the landscape with sloping topography and is additional to any costs associated with long-term loss of soil productivity.

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