Identifier

etd-06092010-143509

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Agricultural Economics

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

A survey data by Singer et al. (2007) was used to study the factors affecting the adoption of cover crops by the producers at the Corn Belt area of the United States. Data was collected from four states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota. Two binomial logit models were used for the econometric analysis. The first logit model was used to observe the factors affecting the adoption of cover crops by the producers. The second logit model was used to analyze the factors affecting the adoption of cover crops by producers in recent years, specifically, in past five years. The result of the study suggested that access to proper information about use and management of cover crops has positive and significant effect on adoption of cover crops. The results also suggest that producers who grow small grains like wheat and oats and producers who grow both crops and livestock are more likely to use cover crops. In recent periods, i.e., the past five years, the results suggest that number of acres farmed have a positive and significant effect on the adoption of cover crops. Also, in recent years, university extension programs did not have significant effect on the adoption of cover crops in the Corn Belt region of the United States.

Date

2010

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Westra, John V.

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