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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1966. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1966, the author. Used by permission.


A good set of farm records provides useful information for management purposes.Such records become even more useful if farms can be classified so that comparisons can be made between farms of like characteristics.The greater the similarity, the more realistic comparisons for management become.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate methods of classifying farms by type.The study will include a comparison of different methods with particular attention given to the stability in classification as weather, prices, and other factors affecting production change.

Some of the findings of this study show that no one method of those analyzed will provide the perfect solution to classifying farms under all possible conditions.In order to keep a method simple and easily applicable, some variation must be expected where unusual circumstances are experienced.There was wide variation in the classification of a given farm under the different methods used.

Advisor: Philip A. Henderson