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Higher US crop prices trigger little area expansion so marginal land for biofuel crops is limited

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2011

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Swinton, Scott M., Babcock, Bruce A., James, Laura K., and Bandaru, Varaprasad, 2011, Higher US crop prices trigger little area expansion so marginal land for biofuel crops is limited: Energy Policy, v. 39, iss. 9, p. 5254-5258.

Summary

By expanding energy biomass production on marginal lands that are not currently used for crops, food prices increase and indirect climate change effects can be mitigated. Studies of the availability of marginal lands for dedicated bioenergy crops have focused on biophysical land traits, ignoring the human role in decisions to convert marginal land to bioenergy crops. Recent history offers insights about farmer willingness to put non-crop land into crop production. The 2006–09 leap in field crop prices and the attendant 64% gain in typical profitability led to only a 2% increase in crop planted area, mostly in the prairie states. At this rate, a doubling of expected profitability from biomass crops would expand cropland supply by only [...]

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ISSN WECC 0301-4215

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