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Gilmore, Regan (April 2018). Statistical Analysis of the Adoption of Conservation Practices in Midwest and Great Plains Agriculture. Presented at Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience poster fair, Lincoln, NE.


Copyright (c) 2018 Regan Gilmore and Karina Schoengold


Improving conservation in conventional agriculture is crucial for the sustainability of agricultural economies. The aim of this project is to identify factors correlated with agricultural producers adopting conservation practices on their land.

Producers tend to choose their tillage and cropping systems based on soil management and yield/productivity concerns. Reasons and concerns for using no-till vary by state. For example, producers in Iowa choosing their tillage system based on yield/productivity concerns are 9.8% less likely to use no-till, while producers in South Dakota with the same concerns are 21.5% more likely to use no-till.