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Expected Crop Yield Loss When Converting to Organic Dairy Farming in Denmark

Halberg, N. and Kristensen, I. Sillebak (1997) Expected Crop Yield Loss When Converting to Organic Dairy Farming in Denmark. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 14, pp. 25-41.

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Knowledge of differences between organic and conventional crop yields is of interest for farmers, advisors, politicians and research scientists. Based on collected data from Danish organic and conventional mixed dairy farms the yield difference was estimated to be 21-37% in grain crops and 12-18% in fodder beets and grass/clover depending on climatic conditions and soil type. A method is presented to correct for the influence of year and geographic differences using crop and farm-specific simulated potential yields as regression variables in a linear statistical model. An interaction between potential yield and farming system indicates that other growth factors, possibly nutrients, are limiting the yields on organic farms more than on conventional farms. The results might facilitate modelling and evaluation of economics and energetic of organic farming at the crop and farm level.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Crop yield loss, organic dairy farming,
Subjects: Crop husbandry
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Deposited By: Hansen, Grethe
ID Code:15850
Deposited On:26 Jun 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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