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This study investigates the investment and annual cost of supplemental irrigation equipment used on lowbush blueberries and calculates breakeven yields required to pay for annual costs and the earliest possible payoff period to recover investment costs. Using an economic-engineering approach to simulating investment and operating costs, this project assesses breakeven requirements on irrigation investment. The report reviews several of the technical factors contributing to the irrigation decision, calculate economic costs and are breakeven measures, but only introduce some of the financial factors for a grower to consider.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
Dalton, T.J., A. Files, and D. Yarborough. 2002. Investment, ownership and operating costs of supplemental irrigation systems for Maine wild blueberries. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 183.