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Potential Benefits of Weather Modification for Illinois Agriculture

E. R. Swanson, F. A. Huff and S. A. Changnon, Jr.
Illinois Agricultural Economics
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jan., 1972), pp. 31-36
DOI: 10.2307/1348769
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1348769
Page Count: 6
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Potential Benefits of Weather Modification for Illinois Agriculture
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Abstract

Estimates of increases in corn and soybean yields caused by rainfall augmentation by cloud seeding are made. The analysis employs a range of hypothetical cloud-seeding models which includes currently available techniques. Estimates of economic benefits with a currently available cloud-seeding method average approximately $2.50 per seeded acre for the state. This estimate varies widely within the state and from year to year. Costs per seeded acre are much less than this, but decisions regarding cloud seeding would also need to take into account the method of financing the program as well as the fluctuating nature of the benefits.

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