Dry Farming Collaborative

Initiated in the spring of 2016, we are a group of growers, extension educators, plant breeders, and agricultural professionals partnering to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices with a hands-on participatory approach. 

The Dry Farming Collaborative (DFC) is exploring what crop varietals perform well dry farmed in our bioregion. All of the crop varietals selected for replication in 2017 were grown at the OSU Lewis Brown Research Farm. In addition, there are 30 DFC sites throughout Western Oregon and Washington that hosted dry farming trials. The DFC selected which crop varietals they wanted to grow for our replicated trials and many also conducted experimental trials of their own. To see what crops were grown for our 2017 DFC Replicated Variety Trials click here.

Twelve DFC sites also hosted tours for our field days in August 2017! Participants learned about dry farming, saw crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn, orchard crops) grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field.

Winter meeting will be scheduled soon! This will be a great venue to meet other dry farmers, learn about results from this year's trials. Join the Dry Farming Collaborative FaceBook group for project updates or contact Amy Garrett (amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu) to join the email list if you are interested in hosting a dry farming trial of your own.

2018 Variety Trials

To learn more about the design and varieties of our variety trials with the DFC click here.

Winter Meeting - January 30, 2018

More than 30 members of the DFC attended our winter meeting to discuss 2017 trials results and plans for 2018 trials. Notes and presentations will be available here this soon. Check back this spring 2018!

There are multiple research projects working with the DFC this year! Click here to learn more.

Dry farmed perrenial systems meeting

A group of DFC members and OSU scientist convened in July of 2017 to discuss interests, resources, and opportunities for dry farmed perennial systems in our regions.

Dry farmed perrenial systems meeting notes (pdf)

Status: pursuing grant funding for dry farmed orchard establishment rootstock evaluation and case studies.



First winter Meeting was held on December 6, 2016 at the Mary's River Grange.

2016 DFC Winter Meeting at the Mary's River Grange

2016 Report - summary of results and observations from the dry farming trial at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture.