Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Ibendahl, Gregory

Committee Member

Tack, Jesse

Committee Member

Spurlock, Stan

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agricultural Economics

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Agricultural Economics


The purpose of this study is to further understand the economic impact of the new on-board module-building cotton harvesters that both John Deere and Case IH have introduced to the market. This study will examine two different areas, the optimal asset replacement schedule and a machine’s performance rate’s effect on harvest costs due to rainfall loss. Using data collected from Willcut (2008), USDA crop progress reports, and a USDA weather station, models will be used to study the areas in question. The findings are that, the age of the associated assets begin replaced with the conventional harvester and the number of acres harvested a year have a clear impact on the replacement schedule. The second findings are that when weather conditions deteriorate later in the harvest season, the full benefits of a higher performance rate are seen when the new harvester is pushed to its full potential.