Environmental Economics

A Regional Assessment of the Economic and Environmental Benefits of an Irrigation Scheduling Service

Irrigation scheduling is a technique for systematically determining the proper date and quantity of each irrigation in individual fields. This technique is presently being used by government agencies and private companies in the Western United States to assist farmers in planning irrigations. This report describes a case study in which the regional environmental and economic benefits of irrigation scheduling are assessed. The analysis indicates that substantial environmental benefits can be realized through use of the technique. However, it was also found that imperfections which normally occur in actual irrigation scheduling operations could drastically reduce these benefits. The economics of irrigation scheduling appears favorable in the particular circumstances of the case study.

  • Keywords

    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Groundwater
    b. Water - Surface
    English, Marshall J.
    Horner, Gerald L.
    Orlob, Gerald T.
    Erpenbeck, Joseph
    Moehlman, Michael
    Cuenaca, Richard H.
    Dudek, Daniel J.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Hornsby, Arthur G.
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    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0086
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    California, University of, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economics, Statistics and Cooperative Service, Natural Resource Economic DivisionAddress:
    City: Davis State: CA ZIP: 95616
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research LaboratoryAddress:
    City: Ada State: OK ZIP: 74820
    Phone: Fax:
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017