The Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Practices Among Texas Cotton Growers1 Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Agricultural technologies are becoming increasingly complex requiring farmers to bundle selected technologies. Technology bundling results in a variety of different farming systems. Features of diffusion and farming systems theories are combined to define an analytical model, which assesses background, diffusion, and technology belief factors' influence on growers' adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices and cotton yields. We selected a proportionate random sample of growers (n = 722) from 14 cottonā€producing counties in Texas. A telephone survey was conducted in 1985 resulting in a response rate of 76 percent. Findings demonstrated the importance of different sources of IPM information to particular status groups of growers. Information sources produced positive effects on growers' beliefs about IPM benefits and growers' adoption of three IPM practices. IPM adoption resulted in higher yields of upland and pima cotton per acre. 1990 Rural Sociological Society

author list (cited authors)

  • Thomas, J. K., Ladewig, H., & McIntosh, A.

citation count

  • 31

publication date

  • February 2010