Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2018, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (2): 146-153.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2018.02.004

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Analysis of the Decisions of Farmers Working Different Sized Farms to Constantly Use Soil Testing Formula Fertilizer

LI Shasha1, ZHU Yiming2, LI Xiande1,*   

  1. 1. Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing 100081, China;
    2. College of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2017-09-30 Revised:2017-12-20 Online:2018-03-30 Published:2018-03-30
  • Contact: * LI Xiande, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    The Agricultural Scicence and Technology Innovation Program(ASTIP-IAED-2017-06)

Abstract: This paper researches the behavior of using soil testing formula fertilizer at farms of different sizes. The study develops a probit model based on peasant household survey data from 11 grain production areas. The results prove that: First, obvious differences exist in the distribution of formula fertilizer use ratio among farms of different sizes; large-scale farmers are the highest, small-scale farmers are the lowest. Second, from external factors, the increased yield of corn, soil testing services, and information dissemination, it is clear that training has a significant positive effect on farmers’ use behavior; the influence of soil testing services is the greatest. Third the higher the degree of organization, marketization and scale of a farm, the more likely the farmer is to use soil testing formula fertilizer. Policy recommendations are made on the basis of the empirical research presented in this paper.

Key words: different scale farmers, fertilization information channels, probit model, training