The Variable-Rate Input Application Decision for Multiple Inputs with Interactions
By: Roberts, Roland K.; English, Burton C.; Larson, James A.
Roberts, Roland K.; English, Burton C.; Larson, James A., The Variable-Rate Input Application Decision for Multiple Inputs with Interactions, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 31, Issue 2, August 2006, Pages 391-413
Research has evaluated the relative profitability of variable-rate (VRT) versus uniform-rate (URT) application of a single input in fields with multiple management zones. This study addresses map-based VRT decisions for multiple inputs in fields with multiple management zones. The decision-making framework is illustrated for nitrogen and water applied to irrigated cotton in fields with three management zones. Results suggest traditional methods of determining VRT application of a single input may by suboptimal if interactions exist among VRT inputs and URT inputs. Implications are that a systems approach to multiple-input VRT decisions can produce increased net returns to VRT.