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The Profitability of Irrigating Corn in Tennessee: Implications of Field Size and Energy Costs

  • Boyer, Christopher N.
  • Larson, James A.
  • Roberts, Roland K.
  • McClure, Angela T.
  • Tyler, Donald D.

Irrigation is expensive in Tennessee because of small, irregular fields. We calculated the breakeven corn prices for irrigated corn in Tennessee. Breakeven prices were $4.02-$7.94/bu depending on field size, energy source, and energy price. At current prices, irrigated corn is profitable, but prices are much higher than the historic average.

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Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida with number 142745.

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Date of creation: 16 Jan 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ags:saea13:142745
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