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Excerpt from the report Summary: This report presents the findings of one phase of a study of farm organization, costs, and practices on cotton farms in the Delta area of Mississippi. It is based on an enumerative survey of 163 operating units for the year 1957. Estimates of the costs of owning and operating preharvest items of equipment by size of farm in the Delta are presented. Analyses of equipment costs were made for four size-of-farm groups in terms of acreage of cropland: (1) Less than 60 acres, (2) 60 to 399 acres, (3) 400 to 999 acres, and (4) 1,000 or more acres. Information on equipment owned and used was obtained from farmers; secondary sources of cost and performance data were used in estimating annual costs of ownership and operation


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