High Tunnels Are My Crop Insurance: An Assessment of Risk Management Tools for Small-Scale Specialty Crop Producers
Belasco, Eric J.
Wszelaki, Annette L.
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High tunnels are being used by specialty crop producers to enhance production yields and quality, extend growing seasons, and protect crops from extreme weather. The tunnels are unheated, plastic-covered structures under which crops are planted directly in the soil, and they provide greater environmental protection and control than open-field production. This study uses field-level experiments to evaluate high-tunnel production. The results suggest that investments in high tunnels can provide increased profits and superior protection against adverse risks relative to crop insurance.
Belasco, E.J., C. Miles, A.L. Wszelaki. S. Ponnaluru, S. Galinato, T. Marsh. "High Tunnels Are My Crop Insurance: An Assessment of Risk Management Tools for Small-Scale Specialty Crop Producers." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Vol. 42, No. 2 (2013): 403-418.