Limited Irrigation &
Your Bottom Line
Jessica Johnson
Asst. Extension Educator, Agricultural Economics
Panhandle Research ...
Get the most $$$ per inch of water.
• No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment
• Understanding Response Curves
• Curves: Yiel...
No Till Limited Irrigation
Experiment
Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line
No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment
– Gary Hergert, UNL
– PREC since 2005
Wheat,
Beans,
Canola:
4”, 8”, 12”
NO-TILL
Corn:
5”, 10”, 15”
Winter Wheat-Corn-Dry Bean-Canola
Rotation Initiated 2005 Gro...
Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line
• Get the most $$$ per inch of water.
No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment
– Gary H...
Limited Irrigation No Till Experiment
WHEAT
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Stage 4” 8” 12”
Early OCT 1.5 1.5 1.5
5 tillering 1.00
6 ...
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Dry Beans
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Stage 4” 8” 12”
2 Emerge 0.50
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CORN
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Stage 5” 10” 15”
7 5leaves 0.50
8 6leaves 0.50
9 8 leaves ...
Corn Yields
Irrg ’05* ‘06 ’07# ‘08 ‘09 ’10 ’11 ’12 Avg
Rain
Apr-
Oct
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Water Response Curves
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Understanding Response Curves
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Net Income = (Yield*Price)-(fixed costs)-(variable costs * yield)
Yield = Water Response Curves
Fixed ...
2014 Nebraska Crop Budgets
• Western Nebraska Budgets
– Corn, wheat, dry beans, millet, peas,
and sunflower
– Available on...
2014 Crop Budgets
• Input costs mostly up
– Except nitrogen and glyphosate
herbicides
• 2013 land values higher
– Expected...
Futures Prices…
Irrigated Corn
180 bu. Yield
NT Wheat
90 bu. Yield
2/24/14 Futures $4.65/bu. – Dec ‘14 $6.83 – Sept. ‘14
L...
2013/14 W. NE Corn Basis
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Estimating Dry Bean Price
• Discovered 4:1 Dry Bean/Corn
relationship
Read Article Here http://panhandle.unl.edu/agecon_6
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Limited Irrigation Calculator
Available ONLINE go.unl.edu/pagecon
Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line
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Other Tools
• Water Optimizer
http://agecon.unl.edu/wateroptimizer/
download.html
• IRRICOST Irrigation Cost Estimate
Work...
Office: 308-632-1247
go.unl.edu/pagecon
jjohnson@unl.edu
PanhandleAgEcon
Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agric...
Back Page
2014 W. Nebraska Crop Budgets
No-Till
Dryland
Budget # Yield Cost/Unit
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Millet 40 22 cwt. $8.72 NEW
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  • Limited Irrigation and Your Bottom Line

    1. 1. Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line Jessica Johnson Asst. Extension Educator, Agricultural Economics Panhandle Research and Extension Center
    2. 2. Get the most $$$ per inch of water. • No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment • Understanding Response Curves • Curves: Yield to Net Income
    3. 3. No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment
    4. 4. Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment – Gary Hergert, UNL – PREC since 2005
    5. 5. Wheat, Beans, Canola: 4”, 8”, 12” NO-TILL Corn: 5”, 10”, 15” Winter Wheat-Corn-Dry Bean-Canola Rotation Initiated 2005 Growing Season
    6. 6. Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line • Get the most $$$ per inch of water. No Till Limited Irrigation Experiment – Gary Hergert, UNL – PREC since 2005 – Corn (5,10,15”) – Wheat, Dry Edible Beans, Canola (4,8,12”) …irrigation timings are based on crop development, precipitation and ET data…the bulk of the water is applied around the reproductive period.
    7. 7. Limited Irrigation No Till Experiment WHEAT Week Projected Plant Stage 4” 8” 12” Early OCT 1.5 1.5 1.5 5 tillering 1.00 6 tillering 1.00 7 Jointing 0.50 1.00 1.00 8 Pre-Boot 1.00 1.00 9 Boot-head 1.00 1.00 10 Head-Flowr 1.50 1.00 11 Flowr-Fill 1.00 1.00 1.50 12 Grain milk 1.00 1.00 1.00 13 Grain Fill 1.00 14 Soft dough 1.00
    8. 8. Limited Irrigation No Till Experiment Dry Beans Week Projected Plant Stage 4” 8” 12” 2 Emerge 0.50 3 Uni-1st tri 0.50 1.00 4 1st-2nd tri 0.50 1.00 5 2-3 trifoliate 0.50 1.00 1.50 6 Cover10-50 0.50 1.50 1.50 7 Cover50-80 1.00 1.50 1.50 8 Cover80-Full 1.00 1.50 1.50 9 Full Cover 1.00 1.00 1.50 10 Pod Elong 0.50 1.00 11 Pod Fill 1.00
    9. 9. Limited Irrigation No Till Experiment CORN Week Projected Plant Stage 5” 10” 15” 7 5leaves 0.50 8 6leaves 0.50 9 8 leaves 0.50 1.00 10 10 leaves 0.50 1.50 11 V12 1.00 1.00 1.50 12 V14 1.00 1.00 1.50 13 Silks--R1 1.00 1.50 1.50 14 Blister 1.00 1.50 2.00 15 Milk 1.00 1.50 2.00 16 Roasting ear 1.50 1.50 17 Dough 1.00 1.00 18 beg Dent 0.50
    10. 10. Corn Yields Irrg ’05* ‘06 ’07# ‘08 ‘09 ’10 ’11 ’12 Avg Rain Apr- Oct 14.9 7.8 5.2 9.8 13.9 12.2 11.7 3.0 9.7 In. -------------- bushels per acre -------------- 0 45 75 30 60 90 75 80 20 60 5 133 138 97 115 149 123 152 120 128 10 153 172 139 165 185 165 205 165 168 15 174 188 172 183 194 177 212 200 188 * Hail reduced yield # Severe freeze Jun 7 reduced yield
    11. 11. Water Response Curves 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 0 5 10 15 20 RelativeYield Inches of Irrigation Wheat Corn Dry Beans
    12. 12. Water Response Curves Hergert: Relative Yield Inches of Water Corn Wheat Dry Bean 0 32 40 32 1 40 49 42 2 47 57 50 3 54 64 59 4 60 71 66 5 66 77 73 6 72 82 79 7 77 87 84 8 81 90 88 9 85 94 92
    13. 13. Water Response Curves Hergert: Relative Yield Inches of Water Corn Wheat Dry Bean 10 89 96 95 11 92 98 98 12 94 99 99 13 96 100 100 14 98 100 100 15 99 99 99 16 100 98 98 17 100 95 96 18 100 93 93 19 99 89 89 20 98 85 85
    14. 14. Understanding Response Curves
    15. 15. Water Response Curves 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 0 5 10 15 20 RelativeYield Inches of Irrigation Wheat Corn Dry Beans
    16. 16. Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 0 5 10 15 RelativeYield Inches of Irrigation Wheat Non- irrigated yield Max Total Yield Diminishing Returns – still gaining yield. Each inch of water = less yield than the previous inch.
    17. 17. Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 0 5 10 15 RelativeYield Inches of Irrigation Wheat
    18. 18. Curves: Yield to Net Income
    19. 19. Yield to Net Income Net Income = (Yield*Price)-(fixed costs)-(variable costs * yield) Yield = Water Response Curves Fixed cost = most costs associated with production  Depreciation, insurance, overhead, labor Variable Cost = costs estimated on a per unit basis  Hauling, drying, fertilizer
    20. 20. 2014 Nebraska Crop Budgets • Western Nebraska Budgets – Corn, wheat, dry beans, millet, peas, and sunflower – Available online http://cropwatch.unl.edu/economics/bud gets
    21. 21. 2014 Crop Budgets • Input costs mostly up – Except nitrogen and glyphosate herbicides • 2013 land values higher – Expected to be steady or lower in 2014 • Fixed Cost • Variable Cost – Fertilizer – Hauling – Drying
    22. 22. Futures Prices… Irrigated Corn 180 bu. Yield NT Wheat 90 bu. Yield 2/24/14 Futures $4.65/bu. – Dec ‘14 $6.83 – Sept. ‘14 Local December Basis ‘07-’12 - $0.32 -$1.11 Forecasted local price $4.33/bu. $5.72/bu. • Strong basis during 2013/14 • USDA Outlook 2013/14 http://www.usda.gov/oce/forum/2014_Speeches/Ash.pdf – Corn $4.50/bu. – Winter Wheat $6.80/bu.
    23. 23. 2013/14 W. NE Corn Basis -1.00 -0.50 0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG Western NE Corn Basis 2007/08-2012/13 Average Basis 2013/14
    24. 24. Estimating Dry Bean Price • Discovered 4:1 Dry Bean/Corn relationship Read Article Here http://panhandle.unl.edu/agecon_6 • Estimate local corn price $4.33/bu. Quick Math 4.33/56=0.0773…*4*100=$30.93/cwt
    25. 25. Limited Irrigation Calculator Available ONLINE go.unl.edu/pagecon
    26. 26. Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 0 5 10 15 RelativeYield Inches of Irrigation Wheat
    27. 27. -200 -150 -100 -50 0 50 100 0 5 10 15 20 NetIncome Inches of Irrigation Profitable Area of Production Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line Max Net Income Modified from original presentation, contact Jessica Johnson 308-632-1247 for details.
    28. 28. -200 -150 -100 -50 0 50 100 0 5 10 15 20 NetIncome Inches of Irrigation LogicalAreaofProduction Limited Irrigation & Your Bottom Line Max Net Income Max Avg. Income Diminishing Returns – still gaining Profit. Each unit of water = less income than the previous unit. Modified from original presentation, contact Jessica Johnson 308-632-1247 for details.
    29. 29. Comparing Curves -500 -400 -300 -200 -100 0 100 200 300 0 5 10 15 20 NetIncome Inches of Irrigation Wheat Corn Dry Beans Modified from original presentation, contact Jessica Johnson 308-632-1247 for details.
    30. 30. Comparing Curves Wheat Corn Dry Beans Profitable Area of Production 7”-19” 15”-19” 6”+ Max Average Income per Inch 12” 99% of relative Yield 17” 100% of relative Yield 11” 98% of relative yield Max Net Income 13” 17” 14” *Based on limited irrigation watering technique, UNL cost estimates, and futures prices on the day of calculation. Modified from original presentation, contact Jessica Johnson 308-632-1247 for details.
    31. 31. Other Tools • Water Optimizer http://agecon.unl.edu/wateroptimizer/ download.html • IRRICOST Irrigation Cost Estimate Workbook http://lancaster.unl.edu/ag/crops/irrig ate.shtml
    32. 32. Office: 308-632-1247 go.unl.edu/pagecon jjohnson@unl.edu PanhandleAgEcon Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the non-discrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture. Get current Panhandle price & basis information TEXT “@UNLPREC” to 651-968-8358 Standard message & data rates apply. Cornhusker Economics Outlook Sidney 9-11:30AM & Chadron 2:30-5:00PM March 4, 2014
    33. 33. Back Page
    34. 34. 2014 W. Nebraska Crop Budgets No-Till Dryland Budget # Yield Cost/Unit Change from „13 Millet 40 22 cwt. $8.72 NEW Peas 43 35 bu. $5.75 NEW Sunflowers 57 58 - EcoFallow 13 cwt. 16 cwt. $17.81 $16.23 ↓18% ↓16% Wheat 61-63 45-55 bu. $5.26 - $6.40 ↓4to↓10% Irrigated Budget # Yield Cost/Unit Alfalfa 12 6.6 tons $78.44 NEW Corn 22 26 180 bu. $4.04 $4.49 ↓3% Dry Beans 30-32 25 cwt. $23.59- $23.69 ↓6-↑2% Sugarbeets 53-56 26 ton $32.88 - $38.02 ↓14 to ↓10% Sunflower 59 30 cwt. $14.84 ↓1% Wheat 65-66 85-90 bu. $5.13 - $5.65 ↓3 to ↑7%

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