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This report presents estimated irrigation costs for potato production in Maine. The variability of the weather in Maine (particularly precipitation) has a large influence on crop yields and overall farm profitability. The use of supplemental irrigation on high-value agricultural crops can improve the economic situation of farmers who use this equipment efficiently. Costs considered in this report include capital costs (equipment, interest, water development (pond construction, permitting, engineering), and operating and maintenance costs (labor, power, repair).
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
Silver, D., E. Afeworki, and G. Criner. 2011. Cost of supplemental irrigation for potato production in Maine. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 205.