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Economics Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 321051, 13 pages
Research Article

Economic Impact of Harvesting Corn Stover under Time Constraint: The Case of North Dakota

Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA

Received 3 February 2013; Accepted 7 April 2013

Academic Editor: Tun-Hsiang Edward Yu

Copyright © 2013 Thein A. Maung and Cole R. Gustafson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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