Mississippi State University
McConnell, Mark D.
Czarnecki, Joby M.
Smith, Brian K.
Evans, Kristine O.
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Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Forest Resources
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Agricultural producers are invested in managing the impacts of crop damage on their yields and profit. When damage occurs early enough in an agricultural growing season, farmers have the option to replant their corn stand in an effort to recoup some of the lost profits. In this thesis two different types of naturally occurring damage, wildlife depredation and persistent weed or insect patches, were simulated on two representative regions of Mississippi. These data were then used to assess the financial viability of a range of damage mitigation methods, including partial replanting, enrollment into a government conservation buffer, and no action. Replanting was demonstrated to be generally the most economically viable method of management across all simulation scenarios. This analysis showed a lower return on conservation enrollment than expected, indicating that an increase in financial benefits for some conservation programs may be warranted.
Geosystems Research Institute, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA Hatch Project
Sublett, Jennifer, "Developing a precision agriculture framework to assess financial viability of decisions in farming and conservation" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 6020.