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99-WP 217


Develops a framework for incorporating estimation risk into a decision model to determine the optimal amount of soil test information when applying nitrogen fertilizer using a variable rate technology (VRT). Producers should acknowledge that the soil nitrate mapping is a collection of estimates and does not provide information at non-sampled sites. Switching from single rate technology to VTR is more plausible for fields with greatest soil nitrate variability.

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This working paper was published as Pautsch, Gregory R., Bruce A. Babcock and F. Jay Breidt, "Optimal Information Acquisition Under a Geostatistical Model," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 24 (1998): 342–366.