Economic Feasibility of Conversion to a Lower Energy Precision Application Irrigation System in the Texas High Plains

Jeffrey D. Hutton, Eduardo Segarra, R. Terry Ervin, James W. Graves

Abstract


The objective of this study was to determine the farm level economic feasibility of converting a standard 1/4 mile center pivot low pressure sprinkler irrigation system to a low energy precision application (LEPA) irrigation system for corn produc-tion in the Texas High Plains. It was found that the irrgation system results in increased water use efficiency, which further results in increased corn yields. Thus, LEPA is a viable irriga-tion option to producers in the Texas High plains because the benefits from its use outweigh the costs.

Keywords


economic feasibility; irrigation; LEPA

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