With sources of energy more restricted and higher priced, optimal combinations of enterprises must logically be considered on the basis of energy efficiency. One method of ascertaining this efficiency is to optimize solutions for given levels of income on the basis of energy used (e.g., the objective function was in terms of energy kilocalories). In general, soybeans were most feasible at lower levels of income regardless of farm size and labor circumstance. As income levels increased, double-cropping (wheat soybeans) was first substituted and finally corn at highest income levels.
Kliebenstein, James B.; Finley, Robert M.; and Farthing, Douglas C., "The Impact of Changing Net Returns on Minimum Energy Requirements For Grain Farms" (1977). UMR-MEC Conference on Energy / UMR-DNR Conference on Energy. 334, pp. 652-662.
4th Annual UMR-DNR Conference on Energy (1977: Oct. 11-13, Rolla, MO)
Article - Conference proceedings
Economics, Agriculture And Energy
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13 Oct 1977