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The Relevance of Information Sources on Adoption of Precision Farming Technologies by Cotton Producers


  • Garcia-Jimenez, Carlos I.
  • Mishra, Ashok K.
  • Paxton, Kenneth W.
  • Lambert, Dayton M.
  • Velandia, Margarita M.
  • Rejesus, Roderick M.
  • Segarra, Eduardo


The effectiveness of sources of information on adoption of precision farming technologies (PFT) by US cotton producers is evaluated. The conceptual framework considers information flows as production inputs with derived demand from the demand for PFT’s and output. By using multivariate probit regression, it’s found that the use of university publications and attendance to events organized by universities had more consistent and significant positive effects on adoption of PFT’s. Information from farm dealers impacted significantly the adoption of zone soil sampling technologies and soil survey maps. In conclusion, sources of information have positive and asymmetric effects on adoption of PFT’s.

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  • Garcia-Jimenez, Carlos I. & Mishra, Ashok K. & Paxton, Kenneth W. & Lambert, Dayton M. & Velandia, Margarita M. & Rejesus, Roderick M. & Segarra, Eduardo, 2011. "The Relevance of Information Sources on Adoption of Precision Farming Technologies by Cotton Producers," 2011 Annual Meeting, February 5-8, 2011, Corpus Christi, Texas 98123, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea11:98123
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.98123

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    1. Waters, James, 2013. "The influence of information sources on inter- and intra-firm diffusion: evidence from UK farming," MPRA Paper 50955, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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