Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Agricultural Economics

Major Professor

Dr. C. Mike Cuskaden

Committee Members

Dr. Ben R. McManus & Dr. S. Darrell Mundy


The objectives of this study were to identify alternative soybean production systems used by Tennessee farmers in 1976 based on alternative combinations of cropping practices and planting methods and to develop estimates of the resource requirements and the costs and returns of each identified cropping-planting system.

A mail survey of randomly selected West Tennessee farm operators was used to identify the following six soybean cropping-planting systems: (1) single crop-row crop, (2) single crop-grain drill, (3) single crop-broadcast, (4) double crop-row crop, (5) double crop-grain drill, and (6) double crop-no till. Comparison of the six systems involved tabulation of survey data pertaining to soybean acreages, soybean and wheat yields, soybean row spacings , soybean seeding rates, and the use of implements and production practices.

Analysis of survey data primarily involved selection of a representative set of implements and production practices for each system. Enterprise budgets were developed for the use of the six cropping-planting systems on each of two sizes of farms utilizing the selected sets of implements and production practices.

Based on the budgets developed in this study, the double crop-row system was the relatively most profitable system. The relatively most profitable single crop system was the single crop-grain drill system. Only the single crop-broadcast system was relatively less profitable than the single crop-row crop system, which was the most prevalent system.

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