James Payne, Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, and Stan Daberkow
Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture

The likelihood of adopting corn rootworm (CRW) Bt seed technology was analyzed using an ordered logit model. Data used to estimate the model came from United States Department of Agriculture’s 2001 Agricultural Resource Management Survey. Statistically significant variables include operator age, farm type, farm size, rootworm loss and current treatment for rootworm, off farm labor, and Bt technology for corn borer. The likelihood of adoption did not appear to be related to crop rotation, tillage system, new variant CRW region, or education.

Key words: Corn rootworm, Bt corn, seed technology, Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), ordered logit model.