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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1967. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1967, the author. Used by permission.


Wheat is the principle crop in western Nebraska. A recent ten year study by the Nebraska Wheat Commission shows that four countries in the panhandle have been producing on an average of more than two million bushels a year for the 1956-65 period. Dryland wheat farmers are operating in an environment of changing costs of inputs, changing technology, and various government programs. Information is needed to determine the latest production practices, the physical inputs, and the cost of production associated with the wheat enterprise.

Objectives of this study are as follows: 1) to determine current production practices for producing wheat in western Nebraska; 2) to determine the costs of producing wheat in western Nebraska; 3) to study the economies of farm size in the production of wheat in western Nebraska; and 4) to interpret the cost of production in terms of adjustments on wheat farms in western Nebraska.

This study includes the following counties in the panhandle of Nebraska: Kimball, Cheyenne, Garden, Deuel, Dawes, Morrill and Banner.

The procedure included a review of literature regarding various economies of size and scale research results and the economic theoretical framework for economies of size studies. The data were gathered by personal interview with wheat growers in the study area.

Advisor: Glen Vollmar