dry farming


Origin:
1875–80

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dry-farm

[drahy-fahrm]
verb (used without object)
1.
to engage in dryland farming.
verb (used with object)
2.
to grow (a specified crop) by means of dryland farming.

Origin:
1915–20, Americanism

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

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dry farming

the cultivation of crops without irrigation in regions of limited moisture, typically less than 20 inches (50 centimetres) of precipitation annually. Dry farming depends upon efficient storage of the limited moisture in the soil and the selection of crops and growing methods that make the best use of this moisture. Tilling the land shortly after harvest and keeping it free from weeds are typical methods, but in certain latitudes stubble is left in the fields after harvest to trap snow. Moisture control during crop growing consists largely of destruction of weeds and prevention of runoff. The ideal soil surface is free of weeds but has enough clods or dead vegetable matter to hinder runoff and prevent erosion.

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Example sentences
Each study area is comprised of land that is primarily used for grazing and dry
  farming agriculture.
Farmers had difficulty growing crops, but with the invention of dry farming and
  improved machinery they sometimes made a profit.
These settlers made their living by dry farming, mining, and lumbering.
It was not until the dry farming era that these lands wee seen as suitable for
  settlement.
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