Journal Article

Effects of Insecticide Attributes on Within-Season Insecticide Product and Rate Choices: The Case of U.S. Apple Growers

Bryan J. Hubbell and Gerald A. Carlson

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 2, pages 382-396
Published in print May 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244510
Effects of Insecticide Attributes on Within-Season Insecticide Product and Rate Choices: The Case of U.S. Apple Growers

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We use a random utility framework to examine within-season choices of insecticide products and application rates made by U.S. apple growers. Impacts on pesticide choices of insecticide efficacy, environmental safety, user safety, and regulatory attributes, as well as integrated pest management (IPM) practices, are investigated using cross-sectional data from the USDA Fruit and Nut Chemical Use Survey. The results show that the product and rate choices are most influenced by efficacy and user safety attributes, respectively. Impacts of IPM practices are mainly on the choice of insecticide products, but effects differ by practice and by product.

Keywords: apple insecticides; discrete choice; insecticide attributes; insecticide efficacy; integrated pest management; pesticide regulations; random utility model; Q160

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics

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