Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Agricultural Economics
Row crop production can be characterized by constant change. Agricultural technology is responsible for most of the changes in productivity observed at the field level since the advent of mechanized farm equipment. Genetically modified (GM) cotton varieties have changed many aspects of cotton production in the United States. The advent of GM varieties has been the source of altered cropping practices in cotton production. The rapid adoption of GM cotton varieties in Mississippi has allowed producers to alter certain aspects of their farming operation because of added flexibility, increased yields, and other benefits of GM varieties. This study analyses the effects of certain changes in some of the most relevant components of cotton production on yield that stem from the adoption of GM varieties in Mississippi by estimating and comparing regional production functions from 1996 to 2005.
Thompson, William Michael, "The Effects of Changing Technology on Average Costs for Mississippi Cotton Producers: from 1996 - 2005" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 4394.