Agricultural Economics Department


First Advisor

Dr. Kate Brooks

Second Advisor

Dr. Lia Nogueira

Third Advisor

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


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Agricultural Economics, Under the Supervision of Professors Kate Brooks and Lia Nogueira. Lincoln, Nebraska: October 2020.

Copyright (c) 2020 Shane J. Roberts


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