Theses and Dissertations
The diffusion and adoption of precision agricultural technologies and practices in six selected southern states
Mississippi State University
Swortzel, Kirk A.
Newman, Michael E.
Denny, Marina D.
Cox, Michael S.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Human Sciences
Precision agriculture continues to be prevalent within row-crop production. The purpose of this study was to investigate the adoption status of precision agricultural practices among selected row-crop (soybean, wheat, corn, cotton, peanuts, and rice) producers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Seventy-four percent of row-crop producers surveyed in this study had adopted precision agricultural practices in their farming operations. Eighty-three percent of respondents indicated they were using automated GPS technology such as autosteer, 66% were using manual guidance such as lightbar, 63% variable-rate prescription map, and 34% auto-sprayer boom section or nozzle control. The primary source for receiving information relating to precision agriculture were agricultural dealerships, extension, and crop consultants, respectively. In addition, the amount of acreage a producer farmed was a statistically significant predictor of how many precision agricultural technologies a producer adopted.
Hilaire, Patterson Perez, "The diffusion and adoption of precision agricultural technologies and practices in six selected southern states" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5443.
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