Simulating the U.S. Impacts of Alternative Asian Soybean Rust Treatment Regimes

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol 35, No. 1, pp. 116-127, April 2006

12 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2012

See all articles by Robert C. Johansson

Robert C. Johansson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mike Livingston

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

John Westra

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Kurt M. Guidry

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

Asian soybean rust (rust) is an emerging issue in U.S. crop production and was identified in nine states during 2004. Recent farm surveys indicate that many producers are adjusting their management practices to the possibility of a rust infestation. The economic and environmental impacts of such adjustments are not known in the medium run given these new developments. We combine 2005 data on the geographical distribution of the fungal pathogen that causes rust with 2005 information on the availability and material costs of fungicides to analyze three treatment strategies. Our results indicate a higher range of economic impacts than previous research has indicated, but are consistent with earlier findings indicating that rust infestations will likely result in reduced soybean production, reduced exports, and higher prices.

Keywords: Asian soybean rust, invasive species, Phakopsora pachyrhizi, preventative and curative fungicides

Suggested Citation

Johansson, Robert C. and Livingston, Michael J. and Westra, John and Guidry, Kurt M., Simulating the U.S. Impacts of Alternative Asian Soybean Rust Treatment Regimes (April 2006). Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol 35, No. 1, pp. 116-127, April 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1992454

Robert C. Johansson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Michael J. Livingston (Contact Author)

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John Westra

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness ( email )

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Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5604
United States

Kurt M. Guidry

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness ( email )

101 Agricultural Administration Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5604
United States

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