Dr. Kate Brooks
Dr. Lia Nogueira
Dr. Cory Walters
Date of this Version
Roberts, S. J. 2020. "The Role of Quality Characteristics in Pricing Hard Red Winter Wheat." M.S. Thesis. University of Nebraska
In this thesis, we empirically examine the role of conventional and end-use wheat quality characteristics on the pricing of hard red winter wheat (HRWW). We use detailed quality characteristic data as well as location matched price data for 50% and 100% harvest completion weeks and utilize a hedonic price analysis framework. We find evidence that end-use characteristics, specifically milling and baking quality characteristics, have a statistically and economically significant effect on the price of HRWW. This evidence suggests that, while HRWW producers are not directly paid premiums or discounts for end-use quality, they are paid indirectly through basis. Comparing results between harvest completion periods, there is evidence suggesting the importance of new market quality information as harvest progresses. Our findings indicate that there are other characteristics to consider when grading wheat, to better convey end-use quality to both producers and buyers. These results suggest that breeders enhancing end-use characteristics in new wheat cultivars may improve producer profitability.
Advisors: Kate Brooks, Lia Nogueira