Using linked surface-groundwater catchment modelling to assess protection options for environmental assets threatened by dryland salinity in southern-eastern Australia

C Beverly, A Roberts, M Hocking, David Pannell, P Dyson

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Abstract

This study provides a risk analysis of long-term field experiments in Germany (Bavaria) on
various field crops (potato, wheat and corn), grown in rotation, under a variety of different tillage and nitrogen management systems. The field experiment provided yield and input data for the analysis, and was combined with market data relevant to the case-study region. The emphasis of the analysis is on the interaction between risk and tillage and nitrogen strategies. Over the whole rotation (corn-wheat-potato-wheat), conventional tillage combined with conventional nitrogen rates is optimal, both for risk-neutral and risk-averse farmers. Although more intensive management practices involve higher risk, the increase in risk premium is not sufficient to alter the ranking of strategies for farmers with higher levels of risk aversion. Reducing nitrogen rates would be costly to farmers, especially under reduced or shallow tillage. Decoupled farm subsidies within the expected utility model show that even for a scenario with no subsidies our conclusions do not change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-30
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Volume410
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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