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Land Allocation, Soil Quality and the Demand for Irrigation Technology

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  • Green, Gareth P.
  • Sunding, David L.

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Economists have long argued that increasing the price of agricultural water will encourage the adoption of efficient irrigation technologies. This article considers the choice of irrigation systems conditional on prior land allocation decisions. Adoption functions for gravity and low-pressure irrigation technologies are estimated for citrus and vineyards crops using a field-level data set from CaliforniaÂ’'s Central Valley. Results show that the influence of land quality and water price on low-pressure technology adoption is greater for citrus than for vineyard crops. Consequently, the response of growers to changes in policy will be conditional and land allocation.

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Paper provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its series 1997 Annual Meeting, July 13-16, 1997, Reno\Sparks, Nevada with number 35807.

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Keywords: Land Economics/Use;

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  1. Cason, Timothy N. & Uhlaner, Robert T., 1991. "Agricultural production's impact on water and energy demand: A choice modeling approach," Resources and Energy, Elsevier, vol. 13(4), pages 307-321, December.
  2. Bellon, Mauricio R & Taylor, J Edward, 1993. ""Folk" Soil Taxonomy and the Partial Adoption of New Seed Varieties," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 41(4), pages 763-86, July.
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  1. Moreno, Georgina & Sunding, David L., 2000. "Irrigation Technology Investment When The Price Of Water Is Stochastic," 2000 Annual meeting, July 30-August 2, Tampa, FL 21730, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Anderson, David P. & Wilson, Paul N. & Thompson, Gary D., 1999. "The Adoption And Diffusion Of Level Fields And Basins," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 24(01), July.
  3. Moreno, Georgina & Sunding, David L., 2003. "Simultaneous Estimation Of Technology Adoption And Land Allocation," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22134, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  4. Moreno, Georgina, 2005. "Intrafirm Effects on Water Conservation in Agriculture," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19166, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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