Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Richard C. Shane


The general objective of this study was to estimate an economic value for water used for irrigation in the Big Sioux and Vermillion River Basins of eastern South Dakota. The accomplishment of the following specific goals led to the achievement of the primary objective:

1. to derive irrigated crop production budgets from primary data for each river basin,

2. to develop net returns for 1977 per irrigated composite acre net in each river basin,

3. to develop dryland composite acre net returns for 1977,

4. to develop and compare dryland and irrigated crop production budgets and composite acre net returns for the period 1970-1977, and

5. to obtain an estimate of water's value in agricultural production.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water-supply, Agricultural -- Economic aspects -- South Dakota
Irrigation -- Economic aspects -- South Dakota
Water-supply, Agricultural



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University