MODELING TIMELINESS CONSTRAINTS AND MACHINERY SIZING EXPERIENCES WITH CORNBELT FARMERS.
For most cornbelt crops, no farmer can afford sufficient labor and machinery to perform all his planting or harvest on the date for maximum yield. The optimum set of machinery is to be found by somehow relating the effects of the following factors on net profits: weather, farm, labor/management, enterprise selection, machinery and labor costs, and risk and uncertainty issues. By using the Purdue linear programming model to budget their situations, farmers can efficiently study how each of these factors impacts on their business and thus they can test how to improve their profits. The paper discusses background to the model, what it does, and interpretation of its results.
author list (cited authors)
Doster, D. H., Robbins, P. R., McCarl, B. A., & Parsons, S. D.