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HORTICULTURAL GROWERS’ WILLINGNESS TO ADOPT RECYCLING OF IRRIGATION WATER

  • ALYSSA CULTICE (a1), DARRELL J. BOSCH (a2), JAMES W. PEASE (a2), KEVIN J. BOYLE (a2) and WEIBIN XU (a2)...
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Recycling irrigation water can provide water during periods of drought for horticulture operations and can reduce nonpoint-source pollution, but water recycling increases production costs and can increase risk of disease infestation from waterborne pathogens such as Pythium and Phytophthora. This study of water recycling adoption by horticultural growers in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania finds that the potential for increased disease infestation would reduce growers’ probability of adopting water recycling. Widespread adoption of recycling irrigation water would require government incentives or coercion or growers’ ability to pass cost increases on to customers.

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