Factors Affecting the Choice, Intensity, and Allocation of Irrigation Technologies by U.S. Cotton Farmers

We use 2013 cotton precision survey data to understand the adoption of irrigation technologies by cotton farmers in 14 U.S. states. We find that water saving irrigation technologies such as sub-surface drip and trickle irrigation technologies is adopted by farmers who produce higher irrigated yield and by those farmers who are from Southern Plains (Texas and Oklahoma). There are ten irrigation technologies that farmers can adopt in cotton production in these 14 U.S. states. The intensity of irrigation technologies as measured by the number of irrigation technology adopted in cotton production is affected by irrigated cotton yield realized, land holding, education, computer use, and cotton farmers being from Southern Plains. A multivariate fractional regression model is used to identify land allocation under different irrigation technologies. Results indicate that age of an operator, cover crop, information sources used, per acre irrigated yield, education, and cotton farmer being from Southern Plains are significant variables affecting the land allocation under different irrigation technologies.


Issue Date:
Jan 23 2016
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/230199
Page range:
1-25
Total Pages:
25
JEL Codes:
JEL classifications: D22; Q16; Q25




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