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Produce at the market
by Dr. Aqua Sprinky
on June 19, 2022 at 10:34 AM
The problem is that when water is cheap, expensive solutions don’t pencil out. So in this case saving 2AF per acre could cost $10,000 or more, I.e. $5K per AF. THIS WATER IS WORTH ABOUT $20 in Imperial County. Even with increased yield there is no economic incentive to drip irrigate any crop in this area.
by Ali Montazar
on June 21, 2022 at 3:08 PM
Economic feasibility and salinity are two concerns about utilizing drip in the low desert. In case of the drip study in sweet corn, we observed significant water and fertilizer saving, and higher marketable yields. The cooperating farms reported notable reductions on labor costs as a result of switching to drip for plant establishment and throughout crop season. The results suggest economic and environmental promises of drip for sweet corn production. There are some water conservation incentives provided by Imperial Irrigation District through the On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program. The SWEEP program of CDFA and NRCS financial and technical assistance programs are other available incentives as well.
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