Adoption of Best Management Practices to Control Weed Resistance By Cotton, Corn, and Soybean Growers
This study examined adoption of ten best management practices (BMPs) to control weed resistance to herbicides. Using data from a survey of 1,205 U.S. cotton, corn, and soybean growers, count data models were estimated to explain the total number of practices frequently adopted. Ordered probit regressions were used to explain the frequency of individual BMP adoption. Growers practicing a greater number of BMPs frequently (a) had more education, but less farming experience; (b) grew cotton, (c) expected higher yields relative to the county average; and (d) farmed in counties with a lower coefficient of variation (CV) for yield of their primary crop. Yield expectations and variability were significant predictors of the frequency of adoption of individual BMPs. Most growers frequently adopted the same seven BMPs. Extension efforts may be more effective if they target a minority of growers and the three practices with low adoption rates. Counties with a high yield CV would be areas to look for low BMP adoption.
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