Precision agriculture adoption by growers in South Central Nebraska

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Show simple item record Fickenscher, Tyrell 2012-05-01T13:30:28Z 2012-05-01T13:30:28Z 2012-05-01
dc.description.abstract This thesis was commissioned by Cooperative Producers, Inc. (CPI) of Hastings, Nebraska in order to better understand the preferences and uses of precision agriculture by customers within the company’s trade territory. With the rapid increase of precision agriculture (hardware, software, services, etc.) it is necessary to get a better understanding of what drives growers to adopt and implement precision agriculture practices. A paper survey was sent out in CPI’s monthly statements to patrons that also included instructions to be able to fill out an online survey if that was preferred. From that offering there were a total of 114 responses providing data from which several technology adoption models were estimated. Based on prior experience with precision agriculture and the development of services offered to growers, it is hypothesized that there are three primary variables influencing a grower’s decision to adopt precision agriculture. If the operation is managed by a younger grower (<40 years old), farms with a larger number of acres, and if a high percent of the operation’s acres are irrigated they will be more likely to adopt precision agriculture practices. The survey results generally revealed that younger farmers, larger farm size, and a higher percentage of irrigated acres did not increase the likelihood of utilizing precision agriculture. The questions asked in the survey were designed to provide information for the development of a tool that salespeople offering precision agriculture services could use to determine if a potential customer with be inclined to adopt and utilize precision agriculture. While some of the results were contrary to expectations they do offer insight into what type of customer adopts precision agriculture and a direction for CPI to move in order to maximize market penetration. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Precision Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Variable rate en_US
dc.subject Technology adoption en_US
dc.title Precision agriculture adoption by growers in South Central Nebraska en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Agribusiness en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Agricultural Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Kevin Dhuyvetter en_US
dc.subject.umi Agriculture, General (0473) en_US
dc.subject.umi Agronomy (0285) en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics (0501) en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics, Agricultural (0503) en_US 2012 en_US May en_US

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