- Deloitte and Touche Management
Consultants, Guelph, Ont.
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Completed: October, 1992
This report summarizes the key issues,
findings and conclusions of the economic evaluation of soil tillage
technologies. Details of the findings reported here are presented in six
It has been demonstrated that soil
conserving tillage technologies are profitable to use from both a farm
field and watershed level. In addition to these farm related benefits,
downstream activities (e.g. water conveyance) would be positively
impacted with a reduction in soil loss, ranging from $3.00 to $12.00 per
hectare of cropped farm land.
This report examines issues and options
for promoting greater farmer adoption rates of reduced tillage
Summary and Recommendations
This report summarizes findings of an
economic evaluation of soil tillage technologies tested within the SWEEP
program. Several general conclusions regarding the results can be made:
- It pays to use soil conserving tillage
technologies both from a field and watershed perspective.
Specifically, the net benefits of reduced or no tillage practices
exceed the benefits of conventional tillage practices.
- The variability in field level results
(i.e. yields) with conservation tillage is either equivalent to or
less than the variability associated with conventional tillage
practices. Consequently, the financial risk associated with
conservation tillage is equivalent to and sometimes lower compared to
- There is an inverse relationship
between net watershed income and soil loss restrictions. However, the
opportunity cost of soil loss restrictions is lower if farmers use
soil conserving tillage technologies.
- There is likely very little impact
that will accrue to farm input suppliers and processors as a
consequence of greater adoption of soil conserving tillage practices.
- Significant cost savings to other
"downstream" stakeholders will result from soil loss restrictions at
the farm level. Consequently, the benefits of soil loss reductions are
shared between many sectors of society (i.e. consumers, producers,
- There is a logical process for
assessing the reasons for low adoption levels of soil conserving
tillage technologies. It is necessary to better understand these
issues and the critical linkages which affect adoption rates and
- Several programs and strategies were
presented for initiating some thought on how best to increase the
adoption (uptake) of soil conserving tillage technologies.
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