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The first decade of genetically engineered crops in the United States / Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Margriet Caswell.

  • Fernandez-Cornejo, Jorge.
Date
2006
  • Books

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Description

Early-warning systems for plant diseases are valuable when the systems provide timely forecasts that farmers can use to inform their pest management decisions. To evaluate the value of the systems, this study examines, as a case study, USDA's coordinated framework for soybean rust surveillance, reporting, prediction, and management, which was developed before the 2005 growing season. The framework's linchpin is a website that provides real-time, county-level information on the spread of the disease. The study assesses the value of the information tool to farmers and factors that influence that value. The information's value depends most heavily on farmers' perceptions of the forecast's accuracy. The study finds that the framework's information is valuable to farmers even in a year with a low rust infection like that of 2005. We estimate that the information provided by the framework increased U.S. soybean producers' profits by a total of $11-$299 million in 2005, or between 16 cents and $4.12 per acre, depending on the quality of information and other factors. The reported cost of the framework was between $2.6 million and almost $5 million in 2005.

Publication/Creation

Washington, D.C. : USDA Economic Research Service, 2006.

Physical description

iv, 30 pages : illustrations (color), illustrations ; 28 cm.

Notes

Cover title.
Originally part of the BIODOC collection. Copy 1. Supplier/Donor: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 22-30).

Type/Technique

Languages

  • English


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