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Economics of Precision Agricultural Technologies Across the Great Plains


  • Smith, Craig M.
  • Dhuyvetter, Kevin C.
  • Kastens, Terry L.
  • Kastens, Dietrich
  • Smith, Logan


Precision agricultural technologies, such as guidance systems and automatic section controllers, have given farmers the ability to more effectively apply crop inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides, and seed. More efficient use of inputs often can be translated into higher yields and/or lower costs, but the costs and benefits likely vary across regions. Our research incorporates over 500 real-world cropland fields from farms in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska to help answer the research question: What are the economics of investing in guidance systems and automatic section controllers for sprayers, and how do these vary across different regions of the Great Plains?

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  • Smith, Craig M. & Dhuyvetter, Kevin C. & Kastens, Terry L. & Kastens, Dietrich & Smith, Logan, 2013. "Economics of Precision Agricultural Technologies Across the Great Plains," Journal of the ASFMRA, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jasfmr:161496

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    1. Shockley, Jordan & Dillon, Carl R. & Stombaugh, Timothy S., 2012. "The Influence of Auto-Steer on Machinery Selection and Land Acquisition," Journal of the ASFMRA, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
    2. Linda D. Whipker & Jay T. Akridge, 2009. "2009 Precision Agricultural Services Dealership Survey Results," Working Papers 09-16, Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics.
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    1. Velandia, Margarita & Edge, Brittani & Boyer, Christopher & Larson, James & Lambert, Dayton & Wilson, Bradley & Buschermohle, Michael & Rejesus, Roderick & Falconer, Larry & English, Burton C., 2016. "Factors Influencing the Adoption of Automatic Section Control Technologies and GPS Auto-Guidance Systems in Cotton Production," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 235563, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


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