FACTORS AFFECTING EFFICIENCY MEASURES OF WESTERN GREAT PLAINS WHEAT DOMINANT FARMS

PILJA PARK VITALE, JEFFREY VITALE, FRANCIS EPPLIN
2018 Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics  
AbstractThe Great Plains is the most important wheat producing region in the United States. Dwindling returns and changes in government farm programs have reduced wheat acreage, raising concerns over its future viability. Small farms and marginal areas are particularly vulnerable, including the western Great Plains (WGP). To assess the technical and economic viability of wheat farms, the efficiency of 141 wheat farms in the WGP was estimated. Results found substantial inefficiency among all
more » ... iency among all producer types. The largest source of inefficiency was input use among smaller farms. The smaller farms were the most scale efficient, reducing concerns over their future viability.
doi:10.1017/aae.2018.24 fatcat:linqdxxkw5g2rluz2mfmfj2kta