The greater part of this bulletin is devoted to a report of experiments on the relation of the amount of irrigation water applied to the yield of crops. As the agriculture of Utah develops, it becomes more obvious each year that the chief factors limiting the production of crops is irrigation water. It is desirable, therefore, to have available all possible information on the subject. Water is so scarce that none should be wasted either directly or by attempting to spread it over so much land that it is not economically applied. Wasteful extravagance on the one hand and undue economy on the other are both bad for the farmer. The best agriculture is realized when as many prosperous farmers as possible can be supported by a given area; but it must be remembered that one hundred thoroughly prosperous farmers are better for the community than one hundred and fifty who are unable to make a living.
Harris, F. S., "Bulletin No. 173 - The Duty of Water in Cache Valley, Utah" (1920). UAES Bulletins. Paper 139.