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Technical Factors Influencing Investment in Crop Sowing Machinery

Ross S. Kingwell

No 170890, 1995 Conference (39th), February 14-16, 1995, Perth, Australia from Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Abstract: Besides the purchase of additional land, the purchase of cropping machinery is perhaps the most important and expensive decision a farmer in the grains industry may make. This paper shows how various on-farm technical factors can influence levels of investment in crop sowing machinery. The paper examines the effect on investment in crop sowing machinery of discontinuities in sowing opportunities, varietal portfolios, soil type diversity and tillage technology. For the case of risk neutral management a simple model of profit from crop production is used to illustrate how these factors influence investment in crop sowing machinery. Work m progress is described that illustrates the model using farm survey data from the eastern whetbelt of Western Australia.

Keywords: Agricultural Finance; Farm Management; Land Economics/Use; Risk and Uncertainty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1995-02
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