Up to this point, this text has focused on yields, revenue, costs, and ultimately profit. There are other economic forces at work. Certainty in crop yields, especially in climatically trying years, can be more important than revenue and profit. This is probably true for the vast majority of the world farmers.
Risk, or the mitigation thereof, brings forth another aspect of agroecology. Going beyond the regular threat counters, there are solutions and design variations that help guarantee base yields when the weather is far from ideal.
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