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Upper Mississippi River Basin

 

In these four case studies from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, corn and soybean farmers present detailed, year-by-year budget data on their adoption of cover crops or no-till.

Each case study uses partial budget analysis to measure yearly changes in income that the farmer attributes to adoption, compared to a pre-adoption baseline:

  • Planting costs increased by up to $38 per acre
  • Fertilizer costs decreased by up to $50 per acre
  • Erosion repair costs decreased by up to $16 per acre
  • Yields increased by up to $76 per acre

Yearly net change in income ranged from -$83 to $110 per acre. If conservation incentives were included, net change ranged from -$33 to $150 per acre.

View 4-Case Overview

Diaz Farm

Northern Illinois

Kuhns Family Farm

Southern Illinois

Moore Farm

Northern Iowa

Willis Farm

Northern Missouri