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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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Dry farming used to be the norm throughout California, especially for wine-grape and almond production.
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Smith said he irrigates new vines for a few years before converting to 100% dry farming. "We get smaller berries and a better skin-to-juice ratio" with dry farming, he said.
The vineyard at the Oakville Research Station, Oakville, in Napa County, had many management treatments, including old and new cover cropping practices, dry farming and established old and new clean cultivation management.
Layth Ben Becher, President of the Tunisian Farmers' Union said, on his part,that "the Tunisian agriculture has failed to ensure desired production rates, particularly in dry farming."
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Stockton, TX included a laboratory, field equipment, a nursery, a greenhouse, planting of seedlings, irrigation and dry farming activities, and deresination experimentation.
Dry farming, which requires new pumps, is practiced in this area, said the head of district administration.
"Dry farming meant that the vines struggled in the early years," Jeff says, "but 10 years on they have a nice natural balance."
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From October 19 to 26, 1912, Lethbridge hosted the Seventh International Dry Farming Congress.