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Adoption of Site-Specific Information and Variable-Rate Technologies in Cotton Precision Farming

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 April 2015

Roland K. Roberts
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Burton C. English
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
James A. Larson
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Rebecca L. Cochran
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
W. Robert Goodman
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Sherry L. Larkin
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Michele C. Marra
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Steven W. Martin
Delta Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Stoneville, MS
W. Donald Shurley
Rural Development Center, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Jeanne M. Reeves
Cotton Incorporated, Cary, NC
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Probit analysis identified factors that influence the adoption of precision farming technologies by Southeastern cotton farmers. Younger, more educated farmers who operated larger farms and were optimistic about the future of precision farming were most likely to adopt site-specific information technology. The probability of adopting variable-rate input application technology was higher for younger farmers who operated larger farms, owned more of the land they farmed, were more informed about the costs and benefits of precision farming, and were optimistic about the future of precision farming. Computer use was not important, possibly because custom hiring shifts the burden of computer use to agribusiness firms.

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