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The Ogallala Agro-Climate Tool

The Ogallala Agro-Climate Tool is a Visual Basic application that estimates irrigation demand and crop water use over the Ogallala Aquifer region. The application's meteorological database consists of daily precipitation and temperature data from 141 U.S. Historical Climatology Network stations during 1976-2005. From that daily data the program calculates climate and crop evapotranspiration (ETc) statistics over arbitrarily defined periods within summer or winter growing seasons at user-selected latitude-longitude coordinates. The statistics reported include: ETc estimates derived from the FAO-56 single crop coefficient algorithm, probabilities of exceedance of cumulative rainfall, irrigation demand and growing degree days, the probability that minimum and maximum daily temperatures will exceed user-defined temperature thresholds, and the probability of heat stress, cold stress and dry periods of varying duration.

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Mauget, Steven A.
Leiker, Gary L.
Product Type
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
Ogallala Aquifer region
United States Department of Agriculture
Contact Name
Mauget, Steve
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Primary Article

Mauget, S., & Leiker, G. (2010). The Ogallala Agro-Climate Tool. Computers And Electronics In Agriculture, 74(1), 155-162.

AgID: 46601
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Funding Source(s)
Agricultural Research Service
Program Code
005:037 - Department of Agriculture - Research and Education
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
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Release Date
Ag Data Commons Keywords: 
  • Agroecosystems & Environment
  • Water
  • Hydrology
  • Agroecosystems & Environment
  • Water
  • Agroecosystems & Environment
  • Weather and Climate
  • Agroecosystems & Environment
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