Department of Economics
The primary objective of this study was to estimate the value of water used for irrigation in the Big Sioux and Vermillion river basins of eastern South Dakota. These estimates were made by imputing a residual value of water. Data were acquired through personal interviews with irrigators in the study area which was partitioned into two rainfall regions and two soil areas per rainfall region. Crop enterprise budgets were derived from the data and used to calculate net returns to management and water. These figures were compared with net returns to management from dryland farming obtained from secondary sources to arrive at the final water value estimates.
irrigation economics, Big Sioux Irrigation Project, Vermillion Irrigation Project, Eastern South Dakota rivers
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Shane, R. and Everson, C., "South Dakota's Big Sioux and Vermillion River Basins: Economic Value of Irrigation Water" (1980). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 664.