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Farmers' Perceptions about Spatial Yield Variability and Precision Farming Technology Adoption: An Empirical Study of Cotton Production in 12 Southeastern States

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  • Kotsiri, Sofia
  • Rejesus, Roderick M.
  • Marra, Michele C.
  • Velandia, Margarita M.

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This paper examines how cotton farmers' perceptions about their spatial yield variability influence their decision to adopt precision farming technologies. Utilizing cross-section survey data from 12 Southeastern states and a two-step econometric modeling approach, we find that farmers who perceive their yields as more spatially heterogeneous will more likely use site specific information gathering technologies and apply their inputs at a variable rate. In addition, our empirical analysis shows that perceptions about future profitability and importance of precision farming, along with socio-economic factors, also drive the technology adoption decision. These results have implications for producers contemplating the variable rate management decisions, as well as dealers selling these precision farming technologies.

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  • Kotsiri, Sofia & Rejesus, Roderick M. & Marra, Michele C. & Velandia, Margarita M., 2011. "Farmers' Perceptions about Spatial Yield Variability and Precision Farming Technology Adoption: An Empirical Study of Cotton Production in 12 Southeastern States," 2011 Annual Meeting, February 5-8, 2011, Corpus Christi, Texas 98689, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea11:98689
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.98689
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