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Crop-specific Irrigation Choices for Major Crops on the West Coast: Water Scarcity and Climatic Determinants

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  • Olen, Beau
  • Wu, JunJie
  • Langpap, Christian
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    The prospect of climate change has aroused growing interest in the influence of climate and water scarcity on agricultural production. Many studies continue to aggregate disparate crops when modeling irrigation choices. That approach confounds the crop-specific effects of climate and water scarcity that govern irrigation choices. This paper addresses the impact of climate and water scarcity on irrigation choices through models of land proportion irrigated (PI), and crop-specific models of irrigation technology choice (TC) and water application rates (AR). This approach is applied to major crops on the West Coast. Understanding how climate and water scarcity affect crop-specific irrigation choices informs water policy and provides valuable information about how western farmers would respond and adapt to future climate change.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington with number 124843.

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    Keywords: crop-specific modeling; irrigation choices; climate; water scarcity; asset heterogeneity; Crop Production/Industries; Environmental Economics and Policy; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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