dry farming


: farming on nonirrigated land with little rainfall that relies on moisture-conserving tillage and drought-resistant crops
dry-farm transitive verb
dry farm noun
dry farmer noun

Examples of dry farming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hopi sense of identity is vulnerable when Hopis live off the remote reservation, are distanced from religious and cultural practices like dry farming and ceremonies in the kiva, and can’t speak the language that is part of a spiritual covenant with the creator, Maasaw, Qötsahonmana said. Felicia Fonseca, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 Why is dry farming important? Eric Asimov, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 No-till farming, compost tea applications, and dry farming bring out the best in terroir while maintaining a vibrant ecosystem. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Other wineries are trying to adapt with dry farming, a method that requires minimal irrigation. Hollie Stephens, Fortune, 5 Sep. 2022 Importantly, Daugs added, much of the valley’s agriculture is dry farming. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Dry Farms goes through a vigorous selection process to ensure that their winemakers use natural methods, farm on living soils using only dry farming techniques which are more sustainable and produce better fruit. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 Many think dry farming, or farming without irrigation, could be a solution to ongoing droughts, but that style of agriculture is also difficult without rain. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 Oregon State is researching dry farming, which sounds like an interesting column idea for next year. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dry farming was in 1878

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“Dry farming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20farming. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

dry farming

: farming on dry land without irrigation using moisture-conserving methods and drought-resistant crops
dry-farm verb
dry farm noun

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