Water is often the most limiting factor in crop yields. Missouri farmers usually face several weeks each summer in which crop water demand is high but rainfall is low. If irrigation is available, farmers can generate consistent yields despite a lack of precipitation.
Irrigation costs are usually divided into variable and fixed expenses in crop budgets. How frequently a field needs to be irrigated varies by growing season. The amount of fuel or electricity required to run irrigation pumps is a variable cost. Energy and labor costs can be significant, but the greatest expense for farmers is the fixed cost of irrigation equipment.
Learn more about irrigation tools and considerations on this website.
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