Irrigation, Irrigation Wells, Economic Feasibility, Cost Benefit Analysis, Sprinkler-Irrigation, Flood Irrigation, Furrow Irrigation, Land Forming, Arkansas
17.6 million acres, or 73 percent, of the Mississippi Delta Region is currently cropland and possesses the physical characteristics of slope, texture and soil type which are recommended for irrigation. Economic feasibility of expanding irrigation by flood, furrow and center pivot methods were examined under 24 scenarios representing two sets of crop prices, yield levels, production costs, opportunity costs and six crop rotations. Irrigation was economically feasible for 56 to 100 percent of the cropland across all scenarios. Approximately 88 percent of the cropland can be economically irrigated with flood or furrow in its present form, 8 percent yield highest net returns if furrow irrigated following land forming and 4 percent can be economically irrigated only with center pivot systems.
Shulstad, Robert N.; May, Ralph D.; Erstine, Jon Mark; Phillips, Blake N.; and Herrington, Billy E. Jr.. 1983. Expansion Potential for Irrigation within the Mississippi Delta Region. Arkansas Water Resources Center, Fayetteville, AR. PUB093.