ECONOMIC AND HYDROLOGIC IMPLICATIONS OF SUSPENDING IRRIGATION IN DRY YEARS

A dry year irrigation suspension has been proposed as a way of reallocating water when aquifer levels are low for the Texas Edwards Aquifer. Under this program, farmers would be paid to suspend irrigation to allow more spring flow or nonagricultural pumping. When irrigation is suspended in the east, springflow response is markedly larger than when suspended in the western portions of the aquifer. Most acreage participates when a $90 per acre payment is offered before the cropping season. Considerably higher payments are needed and less water saved for a suspension program instituted during the cropping season.
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Keplinger, Keith O.; McCarl, Bruce A.; Chowdhury, Manzoor E.; Lacewell, Ronald D., ECONOMIC AND HYDROLOGIC IMPLICATIONS OF SUSPENDING IRRIGATION IN DRY YEARS, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 23, Issue 1, July 1998, Pages 191-205

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