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C.R.O.P. short for crop rotations option program computer software grew out of our attempts to analyze systematically the effects of changing management practices on whole farm nutrient balances and profitability. The program allows users to consider how various scenarios (enlarging a dairy herd, replacing nitrogen fertilizer with leguminous cover crops, adding or subtracting a farm enterprise, etc.) will affect overall nutrient balances and the bottom line.

Whole-Farm Nutrient Budgeting on Twenty-Eight Farm Operations in Southern Wisconsin

Concerns about the environmental impact of farm nutrient buildup and resulting losses have emerged with the application of purchased fertilizer and increasing livestock density during recent decades. Historical data from the University of Wisconsin Soil and Plant Analysis Lab show that nutrient levels on Wisconsin agricultural land have been rapidly rising (Combs, 1996). As a [...] More »

The Crop Rotations Option Program

This computer software grew out of our attempts to analyze systematically the effects of changing management practices on whole farm nutrient balances and profitability. The program allows users to consider how various scenarios (enlarging a dairy herd, replacing nitrogen fertilizer with leguminous cover crops, adding or subtracting a farm enterprise, etc.) will affect overall [...] More »