What is the use value of irrigation water from the high plains aquifer?

Federico Garciá Suárez, Lilyan E. Fulginiti, Richard K. Perrin

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This study provides an estimate of the gross value of irrigation water from the U.S. High Plains Aquifer. We estimate a yield function for aggregated crop biomass production, based on countylevel observations for 1960-2007. This study found that irrigation increases total biomass yield in this region by an average of 51%. We estimate the average gross annual value of irrigation as of 2007 to be $196 per acre, for a total of about $3 billion across the aquifer. We also estimate that on average across the aquifer, exposure to 24 hours of temperatures above 33°C (one degree day) reduces biomass yield by 3%, with a value in 2007 of about $10 per acre.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-466
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Groundwater
  • High Plains Aquifer
  • irrigation response
  • production function
  • yields

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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