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A Mathematical Programming Model For Vegetable Rotations


  • Musser, Wesley N.
  • Alexander, Vickie J.
  • Tew, Bernard V.
  • Smittle, Doyle A.


Rotations have historically been used to alleviate pest problems in crop production. This paper considers methods of modeling rotations in linear programming models for Southeastern vegetable production. In such models, entering each possible crop rotation as a separate activity can be burdensome because of the large numbers of possible rotational alternatives. Conventional methodology for double crop rotations reduces the number of activities but must be adapted to accommodate triple crop rotational requirements in vegetable production. This paper demonstrates these methods both for a simple example and an empirical problem with numerous rotation alternatives. While the methods presented in this paper may have computational disadvantages compared to entering each rotation as a separate activity, they do have advantages in model design and data management.

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  • Musser, Wesley N. & Alexander, Vickie J. & Tew, Bernard V. & Smittle, Doyle A., 1985. "A Mathematical Programming Model For Vegetable Rotations," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 17(01), July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:sojoae:29375

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    1. Bruce A. McCarl & Wilfred V. Candler & D. Howard Doster & Paul R. Robbins, 1977. "Experiences With Farmer Oriented Linear Programming For Crop Planning," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 25(1), pages 17-30, February.
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    1. Zwingli, Michael E. & Hardy, William E., Jr. & Adrian, John L., Jr., 1989. "Reduced Risk Rotations For Fresh Vegetable Crops: An Analysis For The Sand Mountain And Tennessee Valley Regions Of Alabama," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 21(02), December.
    2. Perry, Gregory M. & Rister, M. Edward & Richardson, James W. & Grant, Warren R., 1986. "Analyzing Tenure Arrangements and Crop Rotations Using Farm Simulation and Probit Analysis," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 18(02), pages 165-174, December.
    3. Gebremedhin, Berhanu & Schwab, Gerald, 1998. "The Economic Importance Of Crop Rotation Systems: Evidence From The Literature," Staff Papers 11690, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

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