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Tactical horticultural water decisions in northern Victoria: fruit tree irrigation options and economic responses

R FARQUHARSON

Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society | Published : 2016

Abstract

Northern Victoria's horticultural industries make significant economic contributions to the economy. All orchards depend on irrigation water but water supplies and water prices fluctuate with drought. Tactical water decisions are very important under water scarcity. When do the price/cost relativities threaten farm profitability, and can consumptive water-saving and tree management help financial sustainability? Perennial horticultural production requires irrigation for the current year’s saleable fruit but the trees must also be maintained. In times of severe water shortage, tactical decisions could involve sacrificing fruit and applying minimum irrigation for tree survival. Memories of the..

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