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Best Use of the Arizona Water Settlement Act Water: Examples of High Value, Low Water Use Crops - DRAFT (May 30, 2012)

This is a draft report discussing the potential for lowered water consumption and increased economic returns from transition to certain crops. It is posted for public review and comment.

060112 $ - AF Crop Report Draft.pdf — PDF document, 468 kB (479861 bytes)

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Gerald Schultz
Gerald Schultz says:
Jun 01, 2012 06:52 PM

I agree that it is important to maximum the agricultural dollar benefit from whatever way the AWSA water is used for irrigation. Is there a limit to the amount of expansion that can be done for any agricultural commodity before there is a balance between demand and comsumption? How much more can the wine industry expand before this happens? Wineries are "cropping up" in so many locations, that the natural demand for wine is bound to level off and the price will stabilize if not decline. This may not necessarily be the case of wheat, etc. that is a staple crop-one that has a steady demand throughout the world. I can see people foregoing wine over wheat. My bottom line is that to grow one of the crops illustrated in the tables is ok, but be prepared to switch over to another one, not on the table, that can also have a high demand and high sales dollar. Growers in many locations will individually switch to a more demanding crop if one they are growing loses value. I saw this in ND where I grow up-the state has always prided itself with growing wheat. The farmers switched to sun flowers when the price of wheat per bushel stayed down. The sun flowers "saved the day". Even the sun flowers demand was down after that and another crop was grown to make up the "slump". I see no exception in NM if for, example, the damand for either grapes or chili stablized preventing expansion. Growers could well try something else.

Anonymous says:
Jun 04, 2012 11:31 AM

This is a great report for a start.

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