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The Adoption And Diffusion Of Level Fields And Basins

  • Anderson, David P.
  • Wilson, Paul N.
  • Thompson, Gary D.

Strategic investments in agriculture often are lumpy and irreversible, with significant impacts on operating and fixed costs. Leveling cotton fields to zero slope in central Arizona is a strategic decision made by relatively younger farmers who are farming fine-textured soils in irrigation districts with higher expected water costs. The diffusion of the technology across the region between 1968-89 appears to be both a function of institutional changes (e.g., the Groundwater Management Act of 1980, the Central Arizona Project) and the long-run expected price changes induced by these new policies.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 24 (1999)
Issue (Month): 01 (July)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:30870
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