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Stochastic Frontier Analysis of Biological Agents (Microbial Inoculants) Input Usage in Apple Production

Holcer Chavez, Denis A. Nadolnyak and Joseph Kloepper

No 119796, 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama from Southern Agricultural Economics Association

Abstract: In this paper, we analyze the impact of the Microbial Inoculants (MI) Technology on apple yields and pesticide application using 2007 farm data. The results show that pesticide usage is not reduced by MI applications. However, there is a significant positive effect on the yields. Apple production efficiency is 37%.

Keywords: Microbial Inoculants; apple production; frontier analysis; damage control; Farm Management; Production Economics; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Risk and Uncertainty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012
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