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Title:
Barley response to soil water depletion levels at Maricopa, 2002
Author:
Ottman, Michael J.; Husman, Stephen H.
Issue Date:
Oct-2002
Publisher:
College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Journal:
Forage and Grain: A College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Report
Abstract:
This research represents the second year of a project to determine when to irrigate barley based on soil water depletion levels. The purpose of this work is to establish the optimum irrigation timing based on depletion of plant available water in the soil. A field experiment was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center testing irrigation of barley at 35, 50, 65, and 80% depletion of plant available water in the soil for two barley varieties, Baretta and Max. Grain yields for the 35, 50, 65, and 80% depletion levels were 8319, 7296, 5606, and 3404 lbs/acre for Baretta and 9164, 8403, 6463, and 3416 lbs/acre for Max, respectively. The yield increase averaged across varieties from irrigating at 35% rather than 50% depletion is 893 lbs/acre, which has a value of $45.54/acre assuming a grain price of $5.10/cwt. However, the cost of producing this grain is $54.33/acre due the cost of two additional irrigations ($44/acre), 30 lbs additional nitrogen per acre ($8.10/acre), and increased hauling cost ($2.23/acre). The profitability of irrigating at 35% rather than 50% depletion is improved with an increase in grain price or decrease in water cost.
Keywords:
Agriculture -- Arizona; Grain -- Arizona; Forage plants -- Arizona; Barley -- Arizona; Wheat -- Arizona; Barley -- Irrigation; Wheat -- Irrigation
Series/Report no.:
AZ1301; Series P-132

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dc.titleBarley response to soil water depletion levels at Maricopa, 2002en_US
dc.contributor.authorOttman, Michael J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHusman, Stephen H.en_US
dc.date.issued2002-10-
dc.publisherCollege of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en_US
dc.identifier.journalForage and Grain: A College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Reporten_US
dc.description.abstractThis research represents the second year of a project to determine when to irrigate barley based on soil water depletion levels. The purpose of this work is to establish the optimum irrigation timing based on depletion of plant available water in the soil. A field experiment was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center testing irrigation of barley at 35, 50, 65, and 80% depletion of plant available water in the soil for two barley varieties, Baretta and Max. Grain yields for the 35, 50, 65, and 80% depletion levels were 8319, 7296, 5606, and 3404 lbs/acre for Baretta and 9164, 8403, 6463, and 3416 lbs/acre for Max, respectively. The yield increase averaged across varieties from irrigating at 35% rather than 50% depletion is 893 lbs/acre, which has a value of $45.54/acre assuming a grain price of $5.10/cwt. However, the cost of producing this grain is $54.33/acre due the cost of two additional irrigations ($44/acre), 30 lbs additional nitrogen per acre ($8.10/acre), and increased hauling cost ($2.23/acre). The profitability of irrigating at 35% rather than 50% depletion is improved with an increase in grain price or decrease in water cost.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture -- Arizonaen_US
dc.subjectGrain -- Arizonaen_US
dc.subjectForage plants -- Arizonaen_US
dc.subjectBarley -- Arizonaen_US
dc.subjectWheat -- Arizonaen_US
dc.subjectBarley -- Irrigationen_US
dc.subjectWheat -- Irrigationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/203859-
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAZ1301en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSeries P-132en_US
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