Farm Planning with Linear Programming: Concept and Practice focuses on concepts and methods in farm planning. The book first discusses the principles of farm planning, including elements of farm planning problems, summary, and review questions. The text highlights farm planning models. The nature of models; commonly used farm planning models; multiple constraint problems and program planning; problems in applying models; and comments are considered. The book also focuses on the linear programming network; opportunity cost and the simplex method; and analysis of the linear programming solution. The text also explains tableaux construction for short-run planning. Crop and pasture rotations; feed budgeting; buy, sell, and hire activities; and livestock reconciliation are discussed. The book also describes pastoral property applications. Breed comparison; economics of off-farm grazing and spatial diversification; and optimal calving date and lactation length on dairy farms are discussed. The text is a good source of information for agricultural researchers, farmers, and students wanting to study farm management.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1 The Principles of Farm Planning Chapter 2 Farm Planning Models Chapter 3 The Linear Programming Framework Chapter 4 Opportunity Cost and the Simplex Method Chapter 5 Analysis of the Linear Programming Solution Chapter 6 Tableaux Construction for Short-Run Planning Chapter 7 Investigating Applied Problems Chapter 8 Pastoral Property Applications Chapter 9 Extending the Planning Framework Chapter 10 Planning over Time with Linear Programming Chapter 11 Linear Programming in Perspective Index