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Measuring the Contribution of New Varieties to Increasing Wheat Yields


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  • Brennan, John P.
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    An evaluation of the contribution of wheat breeding to increasing yields on farms can be accomplished by an examination of the effect on farm production of changes in varieties and other inputs using a production function. Three different means of representing the effect of varietal change in a production function are identified, and the advantages and limitations of these are discussed. An empirical analysis of each is presented for the Mitchell Shire in southern N.S.W. The evidence suggests that the different measures are not highly correlated, so the choice between them can be critical to the results obtained from a full examination in a production function.

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    Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 52 (1984)
    Issue (Month): 03 (December)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:12281

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    Keywords: Crop Production/Industries;


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    2. Barkley, Andrew P., 1997. "Kansas Wheat Breeding: An Economic Analysis," 1997 Annual Meeting, July 13-16, 1997, Reno\Sparks, Nevada 35929, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. McFadden, Brandon R. & Nalley, L. Lanier & Popp, Michael P., 2013. "How Greenhouse Gas Emission Policy and Industry Pressure Could Affect Producer Selection of Rice Cultivars," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 42(2), August.
    4. Brennan, John P., 1989. "Spillover Effects of International Agricultural Research: CIMMYT-based Semi-Dwarf Wheats in Australia," Agricultural Economics: The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 3(4), December.
    5. Barkley, Andrew P. & Nalley, Lawton Lanier & Crespi, John M., 2008. "The Impact of the CIMMYT Wheat Breeding Program on Mexican Wheat Producers and Consumers: An Economic Welfare Analysis," 2008 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2008, Dallas, Texas 6931, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    6. Brennan, John P. & Bialowas, Adam, 2001. "Changes in Characteristics of NSW Wheat Varieties, 1965-1997," Research Reports 28003, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
    7. Kim, Kwansoo & Chavas, Jean-Paul, 2003. "Technological change and risk management: an application to the economics of corn production," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 29(2), pages 125-142, October.
    8. Godden, David P. & Brennan, John P., 1994. "Technological Change Embodied in Southern NSW and British Wheat Varieties," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 62(02), August.
    9. Nalley, Lanier & Popp, Michael & Niederman, Z. & Thompson, Jada, 2012. "Greenhouse Gas Emissions Labeling for Produce: The Case of Biotech and Conventional Sweet Corn," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 43(3), November.


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