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dry farming,

farming system adopted in areas having an annual rainfall of approximately 15 to 20 in. (38.1–50.8 cm)—with much of the rainfall in the spring and early summer—where irrigation is impractical. Seeding rates are used that correspond to the soil water supply; management practices that minimize water loss and soil erosion are also utilized. The land is often summer-fallowed (not used for crops) in alternate years to conserve moisture. Dry-land crops must be either drought-resistant or drought-evasive, i.e., maturing in late spring or fall; special varieties of crops such as wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, and rye are often used.

dry farming

[¦dri ′färm·iŋ]
(agriculture)
Production of crops in regions having sparse rainfall without the use of irrigation by employing cultivation techniques that conserve soil moisture.
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Farmers should utilize well in time whatever improved technology and varieties suitable for dry farming are available.
This emphasis on dry farming for cereals and small horticultural plots for legumes and flax is supported by the data from the contemporary site of Fuente Alamo, in the north of the Vera basin.
Successful dry farming starts with thorough soil preparation to encourage deep rooting; it means more work at the outset, but less during the growing season.
Gradation studies of the soils suggest that percentage clay in the surface layer of land under rice cultivation has increased compared to land used for dry farming and for growing pastures.
Stockton, TX included a laboratory, field equipment, a nursery, a greenhouse, planting of seedlings, irrigation and dry farming activities, and deresination experimentation.
In other places, as in much of the upland Kayenta area, they established agricultural communities in areas that are now marginal for dry farming.
Reference: Dry farming is common to the foothills and the outskirts of the oasis, it allows the use of land unsuitable for irrigation.
Decline in rainfall and the dry farming year which we left behind have added to the problem," Fars news agency quoted him as saying.
Dry farming was once an extensive means to an end in the Southwest, particularly in places like eastern Arizona, Utah and parts of eastern California.
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He also told that the grapes harvested from the dry farming lands stands at 30 tonnes.
Valsecchi), and evidence for dry farming cereal agriculture with a focus on barley, by now a familiar result for Bronze Age Syro-Mesopotamia (L.