Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Agriculture, Agronomy.




The primary purpose of this study is to investigate factors which influence farmers' adoption of conservation tillage for three southwestern Ontario counties: Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford. Nine independent variables were designed and tested against the adoption of conservation tillage. The independent variables represented physical conditions on each farm as well as cultural and personal factors. Results from statistical analysis (logistic regression) indicated that variations in rainfall have no influence on adoption of conservation tillage. Slope length and gradient and soil erodibility were found to be poor predictors of adoption. Also, adoption rates did not significantly differ between cashcrop and non-cashcrop operations. Five variables were found to offer significant explanation of adoption of conservation tillage. County, size of operation, cropping pattern for the farm, observation of water erosion and sources of conservation information were all found to be positively related to adoption rates. Nevertheless, considerable variation remains unexplained in the dependent variable. This suggests that additional variables should be identified for a more thorough understanding of the adoption of conservation tillage. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Geography. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .C453. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-04, page: 1156. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.