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dry farming

Origin of dry farming


[drahy-fahrm] /ˈdraɪˌfɑrm/
verb (used without object)
to engage in dryland farming.
verb (used with object)
to grow (a specified crop) by means of dryland farming.
1915-20, Americanism
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dry farmer, noun Unabridged
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  • dry farming is a method which has been recently developed and which is coming into even wider use.

  • Some dry farming is carried on in every section of each county.

  • In the semi-arid regions of the West "dry farming" is successfully practised.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • When it rains sufficiently, dry farming is a success; but otherwise it is not; and we heartily wish it were otherwise.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • It was a community of discouraged agriculturists who had disastrously experimented with dry farming.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • The very presence of real farm-houses on dry farming land and mesas speaks in itself of a small world conquered.

  • The desert was a handicap, of course, but it offered opportunity in many places for dry farming; the Indian raised his corn.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • So I think we want all the acres put in cultivation by irrigation or dry farming.

  • Our members at Ottawa discuss such things as highway subsidies, dry farming, the Bank Act, and the tariff on hardware.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
  • Vegetables and both shade and fruit trees are being grown in districts where dry farming is practiced.

British Dictionary definitions for dry farming

dry farming

a system of growing crops in arid or semiarid regions without artificial irrigation, by reducing evaporation and by special methods of tillage
Derived Forms
dry farmer, noun
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