Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Central/10:00 – 11:00 AM Mountain/9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific
Research indicates that soil health management systems (SHMS) that incorporate reduced tillage and cover crops with the production of cash crops decrease soil erosion, improve water infiltration, increase soil carbon, and reduce inputs that have potential environmental externalities. Encouraging production practices that improve soil health includes demonstrating that farm profitability increases through SHMS adoption. Adoption of SHMS involves changes in select production activities—it is not an extensive substitution of one production system for an alternative production system. Partial budget analysis is a farm management analytical method in which comparative financial returns are determined by quantifying the net effect of proposed production changes. For example, converting from conventional tillage to no-till with cover crops eliminates field activities, thereby lowering costs. Planting cover crops leads to seed, planting, and termination expenses. However, other costs are reduced due to various cover crops benefits, including residue remaining on the soil from the previous production year. This partial budget methodology will be used to demonstrate procedures for quantifying changes in production costs associated with the adoption of SHMS. Additional discussions will address difficulties encountered when adopting SHMS and experiences of farmers managing these difficulties.
CCA/CPAg: 0.5 Soil and Water Management and 0.5 Crop Management
CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.0 Professional Meetings
Soil Health Institute
Dr. Archie Flanders is an agricultural economist for the Soil Health Institute. In this role, he assesses the economics of soil health-promoting practices and land management systems by using data from long-term agricultural experiment sites across North America and integrating this data with local on-farm data collected in strategic coordination with soil health partners. He works with producers and agricultural researchers to develop decision support tools that farmers and ranchers can use to make informed decisions about production practices on a field-by-field basis, thereby optimizing soil health while realizing economic efficiencies. Prior to this role, Dr. Flanders served as a faculty member at the University of Georgia and the University of Arkansas with research and extension responsibilities in production economics, farm management, and economic development. He developed interactive economic decision tools for crop and livestock commodities, agricultural policy programs, and whole-farm analysis, which helped producers customize enterprise budgets to represent unique production situations. Dr. Flanders received his B.S.A. in General Agriculture and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.
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