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Adoption of Site-Specific Information and Variable-Rate Technologies in Cotton Precision Farming

Roland K. Roberts, Burton English, James Larson (), Rebecca L. Cochran, W. Robert Goodman, Sherry L. Larkin, Michele Marra, Steven W. Martin, W. Donald Shurley and Jeanne M. Reeves

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2004, vol. 36, issue 1, 143-158

Abstract: Probit analysis identified factors that influence the adoption of precision farming technologies by Southeastern cotton farmers. Younger, more educated farmers who operated larger farms and were optimistic about the future of precision farming were most likely to adopt site-specific information technology. The probability of adopting variable-rate input application technology was higher for younger farmers who operated larger farms, owned more of the land they farmed, were more informed about the costs and benefits of precision farming, and were optimistic about the future of precision farming. Computer use was not important, possibly because custom hiring shifts the burden of computer use to agribusiness firms.

Date: 2004
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