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Modeling the Choice of Tillage Used for Dryland Corn, Wheat and Soybean Production by Farmers in Kansas

  • Elizabeth Canales, Jason S. Bergtold and Jeffery R. Williams


Conservation tillage offers economic and soil quality benefits, yet conventional tillage remains the prevailing system in some regions. The purpose of this study is to identify the effect of profitability factors, risk attitudes, crop rotations, and other farmer and farm characteristics on farmers’ choices to use no-till (NT), strip-till (ST) and reduced/conventional tillage (RCT) in producing dryland corn, wheat, and soybean in Kansas. The results show that factors such as crop yields, risk aversion, crop insurance, baling and grazing of crop residue, crop acreage, and farmers’ approach to adopting new technologies are significant factors in farmers’ choice of tillage practice.

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Correspondence: Elizabeth Canales ■ Mississippi State UniversityP.O. Box 5187Mississippi State ■ MS 39762USA ■ Phone 662.325.2516 ■ Email


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The authors gratefully acknowledge support funding for this project from the South Central Sun Grant Initiative and Department of Transportation, Grant # DTOS59-07-G-00053. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily represent the policies or views of the sponsoring agency.



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Modeling the Choice of Tillage Used for Dryland Corn, Wheat and Soybean Production by Farmers in Kansas

  • Elizabeth Canales, Jason S. Bergtold and Jeffery R. Williams


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