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Potential Farmer Adoption of High Available Phosphorus Corn over a Three-year Period

  • John C. Bernard (a1), John D. Pesek (a1) and Amy Parish (a1)
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Corn containing high levels of available phosphorus (HAP) allows poultry to use more of the phosphorus they consume and could potentially reduce contamination of water from run-off. This study uses a conjoint analysis survey of Delmarva corn growers to model adoption of hypothetical HAP varieties over a three-year period. An optimal variety has a low technology fee and yield drag and a high harvest premium. Adoption of HAP corn increases during the period although growers’ tolerance of technology fees and yield drags diminishes over time. Adoption is further affected by farm size, farmer age, and the portion of income from corn.

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Correspondence: John C. Bernard229 Townsend HallDepartment of Applied Economics and StatisticsUniversity of DelawareNewark, DE 19716Phone 302.831.1380Email jbernard@udel.edu.
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