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Title: ESTIMATING IRRIGATION COSTS

Author
item HOGAN, ROBERT
item STILES, SCOTT
item TACKER, PHIL
item Vories, Earl - Earl
item BRYANT, KELLY

Submitted to: Extension Reports
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/10/2007
Publication Date: 7/16/2007
Citation: R. Hogan, S. Stiles, P. Tacker, E. Vories, and K. J. Bryant. 2007. Estimating irrigation costs. Little Rock, Ark.: Ark. Coop. Ext. Serv. FSA28-PD-6-07RV.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Having accurate estimates of the cost of irrigation is important when making irrigation decisions. Estimates of fixed costs are critical for investment decisions. Operating cost estimates can assist in decisions regarding additional irrigations. This fact sheet examines the costs associated with owning and operating a well, pump and gearhead, power unit, and irrigation system. The analysis covers furrow, flood, border, non-towable center pivot and towable center pivot irrigation systems using a standard well. Flood, border, and furrow irrigation systems are further analyzed using a deep well and a stationary relift pump system. Ownership costs are addressed first. Next, operating costs are determined. Finally, total costs per acre are examined.