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Martin, D. L., Dorn, T. W., Kranz, W. L., Melvin, S. R., & Corr, A. J. (2010). Reducing the cost of pumping irrigation water. Proceedings of the Central Plains Irrigation Conference.


Irrigation accounts for a large portion of the energy used in Nebraska agriculture. The cost to pump irrigation water depends on the type of energy used to power the pumping unit. This document describes a method to estimate the cost of pumping water and to compare the amount of energy used to that for a well maintained and designed pumping plant. The results can help determine the feasibility of repairing the pumping plant.