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Analysis of Alfalfa Production in a Water-Stressed Region: A Dynamical Modeling Approach

Abstract Alfalfa is a major feed crop widely cultivated in the United States. It is the fourth largest crop in acreage in the US after corn, soybean, and all types of wheat. As of 2003, about 48% of alfalfa was produced in the western US states where alfalfa ranks first, second, or third in crop acreage. Considering that the western US is historically water-scarce and alfalfa is a water-intensive crop, it creates a concern about exacerbating the current water crisis in the US west. Furthermore, the recent increased export of alfalfa from the western US states to China and the United Arab Emirates has fueled the debate over the virtual water content embedded in the crop. In this study, I analyzed changes of cropland systems under the three basic scen... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Kim, Booyoung (Author) / Muneepeerakul, Rachata (Advisor) / Ruddell, Benjamin (Committee member) / Aggarwal, Rimjhim (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Agriculture / Water resources management / Alfalfa / Climate change / Dynamical modeling / Virtual water / Water scarcity
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 59 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Sustainability 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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