Net Returns of Alternative Crops on Flood-Prone Land: Louisa County, Iowa, and Saline County, Missouri
John Kruse, Paul D. Mitchell, Aziz Bouzaher, Darnell B. Smith
February 1995 [95-WP 132]
Kruse, J., P.D. Mitchell, A. Bouzaher, and D.B. Smith. 1995. "Net Returns of Alternative Crops on Flood-Prone Land: Louisa County, Iowa, and Saline County, Missouri." Working paper 95-WP 132. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.
Researchers evaluate the profitability of planting flood-tolerant crops in flood plains relative to traditional row crops under different assumptions concerning flood frequency and the level of government crop subsidy. Short rotation woody crops and herbaceous energy crops are evaluated for two growing environments. Results suggest that row crops dominate the flood-tolerant crops until flood frequency approaches 50 percent.