Revenue capacity efficiency of pear trees and its decomposition

Chenggang Wang, Rolf Färe, Clark F. Seavert

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In this paper we analyze the sources of variation in revenue per unit of trunk cross-sectional area (TCA) across a 0.87-ha block of 272 pear (Pyrus communis L.) trees in 2003. Revenue capacity efficiency associated with TCA provides an overall measure of nutrient deficiency and revenue inefficiency caused by environmental constraints in the fruit production process. Data envelopment analysis (DEA) is adopted to estimate revenue capacity efficiency and its components. The deficiencies of macro- and micronutrients are measured and optimal nutrient levels computed for each individual tree. These measures are aggregated for comparing between grids and between rootstocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-40
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Nutrient responsiveness
  • Old Home x Farmingdale
  • Pyrus communis
  • Revenue efficiency
  • Trunk cross-sectional area
  • Yield efficiency


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