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Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?

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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Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?

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...[color=#00a651]MEANS LOW HARVEST WILL NOT ENSURE PROPORTIONALLY HIGH PROFIT DUE TO HIGHER PRICES..... HENCE PROFIT WILL BE LESS THAN SPRING WHEAT.....HENCE CORRECT
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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...SHOWS ONLY ONE CAN BE PLANTED.... BUT DOES NOT HINT TOWARDS WHICH ONE WOULD BE MORE PROFITABLE... HENCE INCORRECT.

C. the spring wheat that farmers in the Davison River region plant is well adapted to the soil of the region....ADAPTATION TO SOIL IS IRRELEVANT HERE.....MAY BE WINTER WHEAT IS EQUALLY OR MORE ADAPTABLE......

D. spring wheat has uses that are different from those of winter wheat......USE IS NOT IMPORTANT HERE....... PROFIT IS.... HENCE WRONG....

E. planting spring wheat is more profitable than planting certain other crops, such as rye......WHY COMPARE OTHER PLANTS?......WRONG

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I go for A.
If the yield is less and the price is also not that high so it makes sense to wait for the spring.

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Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?

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


is the answer C?

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A for me.

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The argument talks about profit...A it is.

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I will go with B)
If 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" is true, then the farmer har to choose between either Winter wheat or spring wheat.
Since, Spring wheat is clearly profitable, he would chose that.

"Therefore, planting spring wheat will be more profitable than planting winter wheat, since______", here it is trying to justify a either this or that kind of choice.


The problem i see with A) is,
Even with the information presented in A), it can not be ruled out that winter wheat is also profitable to much lesser extent. In which case, may be farmer can go for both the crops to maximize profitability instead of going only for spring wheat.

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tricky ricky.

I would have guessed A.

Given:
(1) Davidson river farmers are choosing b/w Winter Wheat or Spring Wheat.
(2) Winter Wheat is as profitable as Spring Wheat.
(3) New restrictions on water use for Winter Wheat will produce smaller yields than Spring Wheat

Therefore: Planting Spring Wheat is more profitable b/c...

Option A tells me that the Winter Wheat won't be as profitable as Spring Wheat even if prices are higher in the Winter time.

Option B only tells me that the Spring Wheat is planted before the Winter Wheat is harvested.

Since the prompt tells us that the farmers are making a choice, I think the option to plant both is automatically ruled out. No?

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Change my mind. A for me

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Which of the following most logically completes the argument below?

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


I say A. It is within the scope of the argument. Basic economic supply and demand comes into play - less supply = higher prices. But the higher prices will not be enough to compensate for the decreased yield.

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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New post 06 Aug 2007, 00:43
A fits the reasoning.

B doesn't justify the conclusion
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It's obviously A. What's the OA please??

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I will be surprised if the answer is not A.

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this would be categorized as an assumption question ?
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I would say the answer should be A.

It both supports the idea that there is no difference in the crops other than the yield and is the only option that does not bring up new ideas.

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A for me. What is OA?

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IMO : A
Since we are talking about profits and A focuses on revenues.

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This is from: OG-12 Q# 47.

OA is: A

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I also fell for B :( .

However since the Conclusion was spring wheat instead of winter wheat, A makes sense.(its either of the two; no consideration for both).

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Doesn't make sense to go for A.

We already know that Winter Wheat yield is going to be lower this year. It is provided in the argument (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.)

The premise tells us that Winter Wheat has a problem when given less water.

Answer C informs us that Sprint Wheat is well adapted to the soil = will have better yield?

Am I stretching it too much and bringing outside assumptions?

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