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# Which of the following most logically completes the passage?

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Which of the following most logically completes the
passage?

Pecan growers get a high price for their crop when
pecans are comparatively scarce, but the price drops
sharply when pecans are abundant. Thus, in high-yield
years, growers often hold back part of their crop in
refrigerated warehouses for one or two years, hoping
for higher prices in the future. This year's pecan crop
was the smallest in five years. It is nonetheless quite
possible that a portion of this year's crop will be held
back, since _____________ .

(A) each of the last two years produced recordbreaking
pecan yields

(B) the quality of this year's pecan crop is no worse
than the quality of the pecan crops of the
previous five years

(C) pecan prices have not been subject to sharp
fluctuations in recent years

(D) for some pecan growers, this year's crop was
no smaller than last year's

(E) the practice of holding back part of one year's
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(A) each of the last two years produced recordbreaking
pecan yields

sounds good-hold

(B) the quality of this year's pecan crop is no worse
than the quality of the pecan crops of the
previous five years

out of scope-quality is not questioned

(C) pecan prices have not been subject to sharp
fluctuations in recent years

(D) for some pecan growers, this year's crop was
no smaller than last year's

"some" ? we need overall result of the production and inventory of this year

(E) the practice of holding back part of one year's
year[/quote]

practice and its popularity is not in scope

so,(A) each of the last two years produced recordbreaking
pecan yields--> states that the inventory is full because of previous year production.

(A) wins
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(A) each of the last two years produced recordbreaking pecan yields - Only when the farmers have abundant crop stored already from the past, would they think of storing this years yeild. - Correct
(B) the quality of this year's pecan crop is no worse than the quality of the pecan crops of the previous five years - No mention of quality of crop - Incorrect
(C) pecan prices have not been subject to sharp fluctuations in recent years - Does not help in concluding whether the part of current crop would be stored - Incorrect
(D) for some pecan growers, this year's crop was no smaller than last year's - We are talking about pecan growers as a whole not mentioning about a select few - Incorrect
(E) the practice of holding back part of one year's crop had not yet become widespread the last time the pecan crop was as small as it was this year - Practises followed by the farmers - Irrelevant - Incorrect
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Reason: 1) This year's crop was smallest in 5 years 2) Each of the last two years produced record breaking pecan yields. 3) The price drops sharply when pecans are abundant. Based on these 3 statements, it can be implied that old crops from warehouses might be released into market which would create abundancy and result in an eventual drop in the price. Hence, its quite possible that a portion of this year's crop will be held back.
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13 Aug 2012, 10:15
Stuck with A and D , picked D cause the passage mentions that
portion of this year's crop will be held back , so from a portion i got hint and picked D which states that some growers will hold back and hence only a portion of this year crop will be held back.
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22 Nov 2013, 19:49
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Which of the following most logically completes the
passage?

Pecan growers get a high price for their crop when
pecans are comparatively scarce, but the price drops
sharply when pecans are abundant. Thus, in high-yield
years, growers often hold back part of their crop in
refrigerated warehouses for one or two years, hoping
for higher prices in the future. This year's pecan crop
was the smallest in five years. It is nonetheless quite
possible that a portion of this year's crop will be held
back, since _____________ .

(A) each of the last two years produced recordbreaking
pecan yields

(B) the quality of this year's pecan crop is no worse
than the quality of the pecan crops of the
previous five years

(C) pecan prices have not been subject to sharp
fluctuations in recent years

(D) for some pecan growers, this year's crop was
no smaller than last year's

(E) the practice of holding back part of one year's
year

Is it not contradictory that the Pecan crops are smallest this year and the Option A tells that - each of the last two years produced record breaking pecan yields. How is it possible ??

Can anyone clarify…….??

Why not to choose answer C . smallest crop - stored crops will be released into market - no price fluctuations in past five years ©- since the guarantee of receiving the same price in coming years pecan growers will store the crop.

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23 Nov 2013, 01:33
Hi,

Consider this for the past two years the crops were in abundance so i bought a whole lot of them at price .75x (Now i have abundant supply from the past two years). This year the crops price is 1.25x, but i have old supply with me at .75x, so now i would like to sell that old supply of two years 1.25x and buy some fresh one at 1.25x. I would still make profit and rotate the inventory.

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Any tips on mastering this complete the passage category CR questions.
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Any tips on mastering this complete the passage category CR questions.

read MGMAT / Veritas prep cr guides

hope that helps
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hey have done MGMAT but I havnt got any command over it.
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hey have done MGMAT but I havnt got any command over it.

I also read it once; but need revision with cross defence from OG. Try it will help.

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Hi E-GMAT,

My analysis is as follows , 1. Price falls down as the crop's yield is in abandance or vice versa.
2.growers often hold back part of their crop in refrigerated warehouses for one or two years, hoping for higher prices in the future
3. This year the crop yield is smallest.

So based on the above 3 premise my query is How come the reason for them to hold back this year crop yield is related to the last 2 year yield.As i suppose,once this year yield is smallest then growers should sells instead of holding back as i assume that this year the price will shoots up and even if the last 2 year yields were recordbreaking,they would be selling even previous stored pecans.

Could you please clarify what i'm missing?

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27 Feb 2014, 05:13
A it is. No other answer even comes close. A logical conclusion should explain why a portion of current year's crop will be stored. And A explains it best. If there was record breaking pecan yield last two years, then price would have been very low and those years pecans were stored. Note that the argument mentions pecans are stored for one or two years in refrigerated warehouses in hopes of higher price. If this year had smallest yield, then prices are high and pecan growers will reach for warehouses to sell older yield for profits first. This leaves a possibility of current yield to be stored.
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My analysis is as follows , 1. Price falls down as the crop's yield is in abandance or vice versa.
2.growers often hold back part of their crop in refrigerated warehouses for one or two years, hoping for higher prices in the future
3. This year the crop yield is smallest.

So based on the above 3 premise my query is How come the reason for them to hold back this year crop yield is related to the last 2 year yield.As i suppose,once this year yield is smallest then growers should sells instead of holding back as i assume that this year the price will shoots up and even if the last 2 year yields were recordbreaking,they would be selling even previous stored pecans.

Could you please clarify what i'm missing?

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Hi Nitinaka19,

Let me use some numbers here:

Let's suppose that the market demand is 100 units. So, if you sell more than 100 units, the price falls (as the argument says).

Suppose last year, the farmers/growers produced 150 units of pecans. Now, this means that probably, they would not have sold 50 units last year.

Since this year, the produce was very low. Let's say it is 60 units.

Now, my question is: how many units of pecans do farmers have for selling this year? Is it 60 or 110?

If it is 110 units, would farmers want to hold back some of the produce this year too, given above explanation?

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Hi Chiranjeev,

My answer is If the market demands remains 150unit for this year and the farmer produce 60 units this year.As in total he has 110units and assuming the price will go up. He should sell all(110unit).

My thought process is after a abundant production in last 2 years. The price was came so low that now farmer want the price to go higher. So keeping the price constraint in mind.The farmer will hold some of the production.

Please correct me if I'm wrong?

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Hi Chiranjeev,

My answer is If the market demands remains 150unit for this year and the farmer produce 60 units this year.As in total he has 110units and assuming the price will go up. He should sell all(110unit).

My thought process is after a abundant production in last 2 years. The price was came so low that now farmer want the price to go higher. So keeping the price constraint in mind.The farmer will hold some of the production.

Please correct me if I'm wrong?

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Hi Nitin,

In our example, the demand was 100 units, not 150 units.

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LOL..!!! Seriously i need a REDBULL.!!! i got my answer .

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Nitinaka19 wrote:
Hi E-GMAT,

My analysis is as follows , 1. Price falls down as the crop's yield is in abandance or vice versa.
2.growers often hold back part of their crop in refrigerated warehouses for one or two years, hoping for higher prices in the future
3. This year the crop yield is smallest.

So based on the above 3 premise my query is How come the reason for them to hold back this year crop yield is related to the last 2 year yield.As i suppose,once this year yield is smallest then growers should sells instead of holding back as i assume that this year the price will shoots up and even if the last 2 year yields were recordbreaking,they would be selling even previous stored pecans.

Could you please clarify what i'm missing?

Thanks

Hi Nitinaka19,

Let me use some numbers here:

Let's suppose that the market demand is 100 units. So, if you sell more than 100 units, the price falls (as the argument says).

Suppose last year, the farmers/growers produced 150 units of pecans. Now, this means that probably, they would not have sold 50 units last year.

Since this year, the produce was very low. Let's say it is 60 units.

Now, my question is: how many units of pecans do farmers have for selling this year? Is it 60 or 110?

If it is 110 units, would farmers want to hold back some of the produce this year too, given above explanation?

Thanks,
Chiranjeev

60->Because profit matters.
if it is 110 and farmers want to hold back some then the amount that would be held back needs to be 10 or more depending on how much profit farmers want to make.
Thus the decision is at farmer's discretion and not bound by some hard logic. If 10 or more are held back, they might as well hold back a much larger proportion than that making 60 a fair contender.
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