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dryland farming

a mode of farming, practiced in regions of slight or insufficient rainfall, that relies mainly on tillage methods rendering the soil more receptive of moisture and on the selection of suitable crops.
Also called dry farming.
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One day, there will be new fuels, improvements in dryland farming and increases in the efficiency with which water is used.
  • In some cases, producers may convert from irrigated to dryland farming or retire land from production.
  • dryland farming and grazing is also noted as major agricultural businesses.
  • Terrace maintenance is critical in any dryland farming operation.
  • Cattle ranching predominates north with some dryland farming for alfalfa and winter wheat.
  • It is a major weed in dryland farming systems, especially spring wheat, and has developed resistance to some herbicides.
  • The family was primarily involved in dryland farming, and historical farming implements are on display.
  • The family was primarily involved in dryland farming of wheat and occasionally barley.
  • But colored plants resist pests and drought better, so they are more adaptable to dryland farming.
  • dryland farming utilizes water harvesting techniques to catch and direct runoff to crops.
Encyclopedia Article for dryland farming

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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