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Socioeconomic Profiles of Early Adopters of Precision Agriculture Technologies


  • Daberkow, Stan G.
  • McBride, William D.


Corn producers are the largest users of cropland and agrichemicals in U.S. agriculture, and represent a major market for precision agriculture technologies. Based on a USDA survey of 950 corn-producing farms, approximately 9% utilized some aspect of precision agriculture for corn production in 1996. A logit analysis indicated that farmers were more likely to adopt precision technologies if they farmed a large number of corn acres, earned a sizable farm income, and had high expected corn yields. The probability of adoption was also higher for farm operators using a computerized farm record system, who were less than 50 years of age, and who relied on crop consultants for information on precision agriculture.

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  • Daberkow, Stan G. & McBride, William D., 1998. "Socioeconomic Profiles of Early Adopters of Precision Agriculture Technologies," Journal of Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, vol. 16(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:90442

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