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Title: Economic Impact of Harvesting Corn Stover under Time Constraint: The Case of North Dakota

Abstract

This study examines the impact of stochastic harvest field time on profit maximizing potential of corn cob/stover collection in North Dakota. Three harvest options are analyzed using mathematical programming models. Our findings show that under the first corn grain only harvest option, farmers are able to complete harvesting corn grain and achieve maximum net income in a fairly short amount of time with existing combine technology. However, under the second simultaneous corn grain and cob (one-pass) harvest option, farmers generate lower net income compared to the net income of the first option. This is due to the slowdown in combine harvest capacity as a consequence of harvesting corn cobs. Under the third option of separate corn grain and stover (two-pass) harvest option, time allocation is the main challenge and our evidence shows that with limited harvest field time available, farmers find it optimal to allocate most of their time harvesting grain and then proceed to harvest and bale stover if time permits at the end of harvest season. The overall findings suggest is that it would be more economically efficient to allow a firm that is specialized in collecting biomass feedstock to participate in cob/stover harvest business.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1197870
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Economics Research International
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Economics Research International Journal Volume: 2013; Journal ID: ISSN 2090-2123
Publisher:
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication:
Country unknown/Code not available
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Maung, Thein A., and Gustafson, Cole R. Economic Impact of Harvesting Corn Stover under Time Constraint: The Case of North Dakota. Country unknown/Code not available: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.1155/2013/321051.
Maung, Thein A., & Gustafson, Cole R. Economic Impact of Harvesting Corn Stover under Time Constraint: The Case of North Dakota. Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1155/2013/321051.
Maung, Thein A., and Gustafson, Cole R. Tue . "Economic Impact of Harvesting Corn Stover under Time Constraint: The Case of North Dakota". Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1155/2013/321051.
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author = {Maung, Thein A. and Gustafson, Cole R.},
abstractNote = {This study examines the impact of stochastic harvest field time on profit maximizing potential of corn cob/stover collection in North Dakota. Three harvest options are analyzed using mathematical programming models. Our findings show that under the first corn grain only harvest option, farmers are able to complete harvesting corn grain and achieve maximum net income in a fairly short amount of time with existing combine technology. However, under the second simultaneous corn grain and cob (one-pass) harvest option, farmers generate lower net income compared to the net income of the first option. This is due to the slowdown in combine harvest capacity as a consequence of harvesting corn cobs. Under the third option of separate corn grain and stover (two-pass) harvest option, time allocation is the main challenge and our evidence shows that with limited harvest field time available, farmers find it optimal to allocate most of their time harvesting grain and then proceed to harvest and bale stover if time permits at the end of harvest season. The overall findings suggest is that it would be more economically efficient to allow a firm that is specialized in collecting biomass feedstock to participate in cob/stover harvest business.},
doi = {10.1155/2013/321051},
journal = {Economics Research International},
number = ,
volume = 2013,
place = {Country unknown/Code not available},
year = {2013},
month = {1}
}

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DOI: 10.1155/2013/321051

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