Cover Crops Usage in South Dakota: Farmer Perceived Profitability and Future Adoption Decisions

Using bivariate ordered logit models, we investigate factors that determine farmersÕ perceptions of cover-crop profitability and likelihood of future usage in the climate transition zone of the Northern Great Plains. Our results indicate that approximately 40% of long-term (10+ years) users perceived a profit increase of more than 5%. Additionally, future adoption decisions are positively affected by environment-oriented attitudes and negatively affected by prioritizing short-term profitability. More efforts can be directed toward educational programs that enhance understanding of the short- versus long-term economic benefits of cover crops.
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Wang, Tong ; Xu, Zheng ; Kolady, Deepthi ; Ulrich-Schad, Jessica D. ; Clay, David, Cover Crops Usage in South Dakota: Farmer Perceived Profitability and Future Adoption Decisions, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 46, Issue 2, May 2021, Pages 287-307

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