||Estimating the Productivity of Irrigation Water for Sugarcane Production in Hawii.
Rankin, Lloyd B. ;
Davidso, Jack R. ;
Hog, Howard C. ;
||Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Water Resources Research Center.
||TR-56; DI-14-01-0001-16-30; OWRR-A-012-HI; 08454,; A-012-HI(2)
( Sugarcane ;
Production capacity ;
Surface water runoff ;
Artesian wells ;
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The study concentrated on the development of an operational model. Data were collected from sugar plantations located in two sugar-producing areas chosen to represent the various sugar-production conditions in the state. Area I depended exclusively on water from artesian wells for irrigation. Irrigation in Area II depended mostly on stored surface runoff rainfall and is supplementary in nature. Both areas differ in their physical terrain. The study draws heavily from and builds on the experiences of previous investigations in the general areas of agricultural economics and plant sciences. From an integration of these ideas, the modified composite variable was developed as a measure of water adequacy in cane production. Pan evaporation data were incomplete because standard evaporation pans were only recently installed and then only in a few areas. To overcome this difficulty, techniques were developed to estimate evapotranspiration for the two study areas using available pan data together with other relevant indicators. (Author Modified Abstract)