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Economics of the Variable Rate Technology Investment Decision for Agricultural Sprayers

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  • Mooney, Daniel F.
  • Larson, James A.
  • Roberts, Roland K.
  • English, Burton C.
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    Producers lack information about the profitability of variable rate technology (VRT) for agricultural sprayers. An economic framework was developed to evaluate the returns required to pay for VRT investments. Payback variables included input savings, yield gains, and reduced application costs. We illustrate the framework with two example investment scenarios.

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    Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2009 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2009, Atlanta, Georgia with number 46860.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:saeana:46860

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    Keywords: capital budgeting; decision aid; farm management; precision agriculture; map-based; sensor-based; site-specific management; variable rate technology; Farm Management; Q10; Q16;

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    1. Roberts, Roland K. & English, Burton C. & Larson, James A., 2006. "The Variable-Rate Input Application Decision for Multiple Inputs with Interactions," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 31(02), August.
    2. Bennett, Anne L. & Pannell, David J., 1998. "Economic evaluation of a weed-activated sprayer for herbicide application to patchy weed populations," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 42(4), December.
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