International Sugar Journal

Economic analysis of two sprinkler irrigation systems for sugarcane and soybean crops in Brazil [Full subscriber]

Abstract The economic viability of two center pivot irrigation systems (traditional or coupled to the corner system) for sugarcane and soybean crops were evaluated. Sugarcane cultivation with an 8-year cycle, followed by soybean cultivation for sugarcane renovation and the beginning of a new 8-year cycle of sugarcane to complete 27 years of the system was used for the simulations of economic feasibility for the Chapadões region, Brazil. The calculation of the indicators was performed using the AmazonSaf-Embrapa spreadsheet, according to the technical coefficients of the agricultural cultivation for the region. On average, 71% of the total cost of this sugarcane/soybean…

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