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Davison River farmers are currently deciding between planting winter wheat this fall or spring wheat next spring. Winter wheat and spring wheat are usually about equally profitable. Because of new government restrictions on the use of Davison River water for irrigation, per acre yields for winter wheat, though not for spring wheat, would be much lower than average. Therefore, planting spring wheat will be more profitable than planting winter wheat, since‗‗‗‗‗‗.

A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye
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30 Apr 2009, 18:15
C,D,E are irrelevant.

B is not the logical continuation of the stem.
Therefore, it is IMO A.
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30 Apr 2009, 20:55
peraspera wrote:
C,D,E are irrelevant.

B is not the logical continuation of the stem.
Therefore, it is IMO A.

Agree on A
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01 May 2009, 07:57
I agree with A.
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28 Oct 2009, 18:55
One more for A. By POE
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28 Oct 2009, 21:22
By POE, option A remains.
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Davison River farmers are currently deciding between planting winter wheat this fall or spring wheat next spring. Winter wheat and spring wheat are usually about equally profitable. Because of new government restrictions on the use of Davison River water for irrigation, per acre yields for winter wheat, though not for spring wheat, would be much lower than average. Therefore, planting spring wheat will be more profitable than planting winter wheat, since‗‗‗‗‗‗.

A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye

A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
If size of the winter harvest would not be compensated by the winter wheat prices, then farmers would incur losses. Hence the answer.

B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested
The choice is not explaining why planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting winter wheat. Hence the choice is incorrect.

C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region
-out of scope

D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat
-out of scope

E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye
-out of scope
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30 Dec 2009, 05:57
A.. IT IS
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14 Feb 2012, 08:03
POE is the best way to approach this problem.
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15 Feb 2012, 01:38
Only A Fits the bill. The rest are all teasers
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15 Feb 2012, 04:43
Hi neeshpal,

A is the correct answer choice as it is one which justifies the reason why spring wheat will be profitable.
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15 Feb 2012, 05:26
A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested --- irrelavant
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region -- no clue about this is given the question.
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat --- nor specified in the question about uses
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye --- irrelavant

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21 Feb 2013, 03:28
I think this problem has a key word in question stem(profitable) and (compensated price) in answer choice A
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14 Jun 2013, 09:38
The farmer have to decide Winter crop OR Spring crop.

B gives the impression that the farmers would not be able to plant seeds for Spring as Winter crop is already standing!

Since, only one has to be selected.....B is out.

A is the ryt answer as it addrs. the issue with loss of revenue.
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Anytime, that I see profitability as a word, I immediately put it into a highly simplified framework : Profit = Revenue – Costs, Revenue = Price * Quantity and Costs are typically given they never go into fixed or variable prices.

So in this case, if the yield is going to be low, they will need to raise the price to equal the revenue component. Thus, the answer must mention about the impact to price.

A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices

By POE, A
Basically, the would make a loss. That’s what I inferred. Read above on approach.

B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested

Answer will reflect on winter wheat not on spring wheat.

C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region

Same as B

D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat

Insufficient information – can you conclusively say that this is a strong enough reason for profitability by spring and winter wheat?

E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye

Other crops – Out of scope.
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A Correct. If this is true, it would mean that smaller-than-average winter wheat yields would
translate into lower-than-usual profitson winter wheat (whilespring wheat would be as profitable as winter wheat would normally be). This would justify the conclusion that spring wheat will be more profitable than winter wheat.
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20 Dec 2013, 04:06
Only choice A explains why planting winter wheat would be unprofitable and hence is the best answer.
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Hi,

I originally I chose answer choice C because I was thinking that if spring wheat is well adapted to the soil of the region then the water irrigation restriction would not hamper its yield. Along with the fact that the yields for winter wheat would be lower than average, I thought that meant that spring wheat would be more profitable.

Is this incorrect because

1) the water for irrigation causing the lower than average per acre yields for winter wheat is different from how well adapted to the soil it is

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2) spring wheat being more well adapted doesn't necessarily mean that profits would be higher? Put in other words, it's well adapted but we don't know how that relates to profit = revenue - cost?
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30 May 2014, 23:06
To attack on the question ..read through the lines : To complete the argument we need to mention the assumption ...

The argument is about the decision either to plant winter wheat this fall or spring wheat next spring.
Since both are equally profitable hence the farmer will likely to grow in which little investment is needed. Since water restriction is lower on winter wheat yield per acre than spring wheat. Hence we have to assume why the plantation of spring wheat will be profitable than winter wheat?
Pre-thinking : Keeping scope in mind the irrigation water will lead to change in the yield of the crop.

A. the smaller-than-average size of a winter wheat harvest this year would not be compensated for by higher winter wheat prices : This attacks on the fact that if the irrigation is inadequate the yield will be affected hence drops the profit of the growers.
B. new crops of spring wheat must be planted earlier than the time at which standing crops of winter wheat are ready to be harvested ---- Timing is not in cope
C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region : out of scope
D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat -- out of scope
E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye -- not related
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Option C goes off because it is stated in the premise that both the wheats are equally profitable. So even if Spring wheat has an advantage from the soil it should not be a problem (strengthener)
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