Optimal Pesticide Application for Controlling the Boll Weevil on Cotton Academic Article uri icon


  • A simulation model of interaction between the boll weevil insect subsystem and the cotton plant subsystem is presented. Field experiments provide the basis for validation of the model. Pesticide control scheme is introduced, and optimal control is achieved by using a numerical nonlinear dynamic optimization technique. Results of sensitivity analysis with respect to price changes are provided. Optimal policy for a single producer calls for three applications. Timing is robust, but dosage levels are sensitive to price changes. 1978 by the American Agricultural Economics Association.

published proceedings

  • American Journal of Agricultural Economics

author list (cited authors)

  • Talpaz, H., Curry, G. L., Sharpe, P., DeMichele, D. W., & Frisbie, R. E.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Talpaz, H||Curry, GL||Sharpe, PJH||DeMichele, DW||Frisbie, RE

publication date

  • August 1978