Cost-effectiveness of irrigation on Qu├ębec potato farms

Luc Belzile

Description

No in-depth studies have been done on the cost-effectiveness of irrigating potatoes. The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors. A survey of irrigation costs was first conducted on a representative sample of farms. This data was used to calculate profitability thresholds for various irrigation systems in the absence of yield data. Profitability thresholds represent the necessary gains in yield quantity and/or quality to make a practice cost-effective.

Objective(s)

  • Evaluate the cost of irrigating potatoes under different soil and climate conditions
  • Calculate profitability thresholds in terms of the yield gains required to ensure a return on investment
  • In cooperation with specialists and participating producers, estimate the probability of the desired yield gains by region

From 2017 to 2019

Project duration

Market gardening

Activity areas

Optimal water management

Service

This study will help growers understand the economic benefits of irrigation before making investments.

Partner

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec

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