An Economic Analysis of Alternative Pest Management Strategies for Cotton and Associated Yield Probabilities

Kenneth W. Paxton, David R. Lavergne and Gene Burris


Stochastic dominance techniques are used to evaluate 32 alternative insect management strategies for cotton. The strategies range from using only seed treatments to a full-season program with alternative pesticides. The analysis selects the "best" overall strategy as well as the "best" strategy given that a particular decision was made at planting. Further, probabilities for selected yield levels are calculated for selected insect management strategies. Results of the analysis indicate that one of the full-season strategies is the dominant strategy.

Reprinted from 1990 Proceedings: Beltwide Cotton Production Research Conferences pp. 421 - 425
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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