Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

July 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 07/09/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Dryland crop production has been a key component in the economy of the Central Great Plains for over 100 years. Although the river valleys and some underground water sources have provided small areas of irrigation, dryland crop production is dominant. With additional demands on the limited water resource in this region, dryland crop production is expected to increase in importance in the future.