Pinpoint Irrigation Costs With This App

January 18, 2016 02:36 PM

Irrigation costs can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars, but do you know your exact per-acre or per-acre-inch costs?

With multiple variables, calculating the exact costs can be tricky. Irrigators need to know more than just amount of water applied over number of acres. There’s labor costs to factor in, plus diesel or propane, and even district fees depending on where you live. And when it’s all said and done, how do you factor in the return on investment from (hopefully) higher yields?

As the tech industry likes to remind us, “There’s an app for that.”

The mobile app is called Agriculture Irrigation Costs, developed from data and formulas by University of Nebraska-Lincoln educator emeritus Thomas Dorn. Developers say the app can be used in several ways.

  • Determine if adding irrigation to a field would be economically viable.
  • Break down irrigation costs into core components to find opportunities to make efficiency or cost improvements.
  • Determine fair rental agreements with landlords if irrigation costs are shared among multiple parties.

The app costs $1.99 on Android devices and $3.99 on Apple devices.

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