Data requirements and transmittal techniques for applied farm organization linear programming Public Deposited

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  • Linear programming is now widely accepted and used by researchers and industrial management people, but its adoption by farm managers has been slow. This study concentrates on the development of improved data transmittal techniques for farm organization linear programming. The program model is designed to analyze crop production alternatives. Models presently in use were studied for 1). restriction and activity format and 2). data transmittal input and output techniques. In spite of the availability of linear programming models, the lack of input and report generating programs has limited the application of linear programming as a practical farm management tool. Input forms and computer reports were designed for ease of use and interpretation by farm managers. The system was then programmed by the Oregon State University Computer Center and tested for practical application on a case farm. Various problems appeared which required a redesign of the forms and computer reports. A "Cooperators Manual" was then written to explain the system to potential users. After several program changes, the system was tested on six selected farms. The farmers completed the forms for their operations indicating the resources available and the crop activity coefficients. The farmers, after receiving the computer reports, completed a questionnaire stating their experiences and thoughts regarding this farm planning system. A record was kept of the farm manager's time in filling out the input forms. Computer processing cost for each farm was also recorded. The farm managers were generally quite receptive to this method of systematized budgeting. They all indicated that they planned to implement at least part of the suggested organization It was found that records, of some description, were needed in going through the process of completing the forms. County agents and published data can also be used in the information-gathering process. This study reveals that data transmittal techniques can be developed such that farm managers can communicate readily with the computer. Better communication will make other technical tools, in addition to linear programming, useful in modern farm business management.
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