Faculty Publications

Title

Factors influencing corn fungicide treatment decisions

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Maize, Producer beliefs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Volume

43

Issue

2

First Page

151

Last Page

171

Abstract

Fungal disease management in U.S. corn production has undergone a major shift in the last 2 decades. The decision to apply fungicide, a management practice that was once rarely considered, is now contemplated annually by many U.S. corn producers. We investigate potential factors underlying the fungicide treatment decision. We use economics, agronomy, and plant pathology literature to develop a conceptual model of the fungicide treatment decision and test the model using a survey of Midwest corn producers. We find the treatment decision is positively related to perceived economic gains, but heuristic factors also have a strong influence.

Original Publication Date

5-1-2018

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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