- Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants, Guelph, Ont.
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Completed: October, 1992
This report contains the technical
background data and economic analysis of selected projects conducted
under the Technology Evaluation and Development
(TED) sub-program of the Soil and Water
Environmental Enhancement Program (SWEEP).
The TED subprogram is comprised of a wide
variety of projects with the intent of developing and testing
alternative conservation technologies. The majority of the TED projects
were technical experiments or demonstrations for which little or no
relevant economic data was collected nor was it appropriate to do so. Of
the eight projects for which economic data was collected, data
limitations prevented any economic analysis for three of the projects.
Data for the remaining five projects permitted varying degrees of
economic analysis, primarily in the form of partial budget analysis.
As a general observation, the economic
data reviewed and analyzed varied greatly in terms of both completeness
and accuracy. Moreover, the inherent experimental design imposed
limitations on the degree of analysis which could be undertaken in some
cases. Where this occurred, it is noted in the individual case studies.
The key findings of the various projects analyzed in this study are:
This report elaborates on the consequences
of these and other findings.
- Yield variability within fields
results in a varying proportion of the field which does not cover
production costs. This proportion is dependent on crop price.
- An experimental dry fertilizer
placement machine compares favourably to conventional technology given
similar capital and operating costs.
- Liquid manure would be an economically
valid substitute for ammonium nitrate if the cost of treatment was
- A banded pre-emergent herbicide
treatment in conjunction with one or two cultivations is the most
economical weed control system for corn.
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