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Land Quality, Irrigation Development, and Cropping Patterns in the Northern High Plains

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This article examines the interactions between land quality, crop choice, and technological change using a framework that integrates cross-sectional and intertemporal aspects of diffusion. The empirical results indicate that (a) the acreages allocated to different crops vary significantly over land quality, (b) crops tend to be grown on specific ranges of land quality, (c) the introduction of center pivot technology induced significant changes in cropping patterns, (d) land quality-augmenting technologies tend to be utilized primarily on lower qualities of land, and (e) irrigation development has been quite sensitive to tax policies.

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  • Erik Lichtenberg, 1989. "Land Quality, Irrigation Development, and Cropping Patterns in the Northern High Plains," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 71(1), pages 187-194.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:71:y:1989:i:1:p:187-194.
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