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The Adoption And Diffusion Of Level Fields And Basins

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

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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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  • 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.
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    3. Bett, Charles, 2004. "Farm level adoption decisions of soil and water management technologies in semi-arid Eastern Kenya," 2004 Conference (48th), February 11-13, 2004, Melbourne, Australia 58369, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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