ECONOMIC IMPACT of the SUGARCANE APHID OUTBREAK in SOUTH TEXAS

Samuel D. Zapata, Rebekka Dudensing, Danielle Sekula, Gabriela Esparza-DÍaz, Raul Villanueva

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to estimate the economic impact of the sugarcane aphid (SCA) outbreak in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), Texas. Local producers were surveyed to gather detailed information about crop production and pest control practices. Collected data were used to estimate the reduction in profit associated with the SCA infestation, as well as the monetary value of the prevented loss attributed to control efforts. Sorghum industry losses were then used to assess the overall economic impact of the SCA outbreak in the RGV economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-128
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Economic impact analysis
  • Melanaphis sacchari
  • invasive insect pests
  • prevented loss
  • profit loss
  • yield penalty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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