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Feasible Fumigant-Herbicide System Alternatives to Methyl Bromide for Bell Pepper Producers


  • Byrd, Mark M.
  • Escalante, Cesar L.
  • Fonsah, Esendugue Greg
  • Wetzstein, Michael E.


With the current methyl bromide (MeBr) system for producing Georgia’s peppers being phased out, alternative fumigant and herbicide systems for producers are analyzed. Using stochastic dominance analyses, two alternatives exceeding MeBr’s yield and financial efficiency were identified. A programming model, incorporating simulation-optimization techniques, generated optimal production and financial plans. Results indicate potential economic viability under alternative systems vis-à -vis the traditional MeBr production system. The Telone II and Chloropicrin combination with Metham potassium may offer a viable substitute for MeBr.

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  • Byrd, Mark M. & Escalante, Cesar L. & Fonsah, Esendugue Greg & Wetzstein, Michael E., 2007. "Feasible Fumigant-Herbicide System Alternatives to Methyl Bromide for Bell Pepper Producers," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 25(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:62283

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    1. Asci, Serhat & VanSickle, John J. & Fry, Curtiss J. & Thomas, John, 2015. "Where is Risk in Fumigation Choice: Methyl Bromide versus Alternatives?," 2015 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia 196862, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.


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