Site Specific Management (SSM), which also variously referred to as Variable Rate Technology (VRT), is an emerging technology that enables producers to make more precise input application decisions based on soil and field characteristics. This study analyzes factors influencing the adoption of VRT for fertilizer application for cash grain production in Ohio. Results show that producer and field characteristics might influence the adoption decision on various SSM components differently. It also provides insight as to the sequence of adoption of SSM component technologies and how this sequence might differ for producers of differing characteristics.


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W.H. Greene, Econometric Analysis, MacMillan Publishing Company, New York, 2000.

E.M. Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1983.



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