The Adoption and Diffusion of Level Fields and Basins

David P. Anderson, Paul N. Wilson, Gary D. Thompson

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Strategic investments in agriculture often are lumpy and irreversible, with significant impacts on operating and fixed costs. Leveling cotton fields to zero slope in central Arizona is a strategic decision made by relatively younger farmers who are farming fine-textured soils in irrigation districts with higher expected water costs. The diffusion of the technology across the region between 1968-89 appears to be both a function of institutional changes (e.g., the Groundwater Management Act of 1980, the Central Arizona Project) and the long-run expected price changes induced by these new policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-203
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 1999


  • Laser leveling
  • Technology adoption and diffusion
  • Water conservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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