A STOCHASTIC FRONTIER ANALYSIS TO EXAMINE RESEARCH PRIORITIES FOR GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PEANUTS

Journal Article

AbstractPesticide applications are essential for peanut production to control insects, weeds, and other plant pathogens and for a profitable operation. We use a stochastic frontier analysis/primal system approach to test the hypothesis of the overuse of fungicides among peanut farmers. With nationally representative data available from the Agricultural and Resource Management Survey, we find evidence that U.S. peanut growers used excessive amounts of fungicides to prevent fungal infections. If those farmers adopt a new cultivar resistant to fungal pathogens, they could reduce the total cost of chemicals up to 36.2%. The reduction in fungicide use would have spillover environmental benefits.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • AFFUSO, E; HITE, D; WILSON, NWL

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 359 - 381

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2056-7405

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1074-0708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/aae.2015.10

Language

  • en