Input Quality in the Sugar Beet Industry

Using 23 years of data (1978-2000), this study examines seven vertically integrated sugar beet plants representing three different companies in the United States. The objective of this research is to identify the marginal costs of producing sugar beets for vertically integrated sugar beet processors as a way of determining the cost savings from higher quality sugar beets. In doing so, we account for quality differences in the sugar beet input that are used to manufacture the refined sugar output. The results quantify links between high quality sugar beets and lower processing costs.


Boland, Michael A.; Marsh, Thomas L., Input Quality in the Sugar Beet Industry, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 31, Issue 1, April 2006, Pages 114-128

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