Rural Household Survey and Livelihood

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

  • 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 date: 2017-09-30

  Revised date: 2017-12-20

  Online published: 2018-03-30

Supported by

The Agricultural Scicence and Technology Innovation Program(ASTIP-IAED-2017-06)


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.

Cite this article

LI Shasha, ZHU Yiming, LI Xiande . Analysis of the Decisions of Farmers Working Different Sized Farms to Constantly Use Soil Testing Formula Fertilizer[J]. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2018 , 9(2) : 146 -153 . DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2018.02.004


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