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Intro to Dry Farming Organic Vegetables (EM 9229) - This publication provides an overview of dry farming, describes some of the management practices that support growing organic vegetable crops without supplemental irrigation in this region, and offers some additional resources.
Dryland Farming in the Northwestern United States: A Non-technical Overview - This publication discusses and describes the process of dryland grain farming, specifically in the Pacific Northwest.
Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest - Farmers make tough decisions all the time—it comes with the territory. When that territory includes the dryland region of the inland Pacific Northwest, decisions can be even more challenging. Fluctuating weather, varying soils, and changing pest pressures are just a few of the ongoing challenges that farmers in this region face. However, university-driven research in these production areas can provide guidance. Packed with tools, resources, and the most current research, this book supports farmers as they make decisions relating to productivity, resilience, and their bottom lines.
Organic Dry-Farmed Tomato Production on California's Central Coast - A Guide for Beginning Specialty Crop Growers - This guide describes the steps involved in growing dry-farmed tomatoes organically on the Central Coast of California, with a focus on proper soil preparation, planting, and weed control.
Soil Survey Resources for Small Farms - Learning about the different types of soils on a farm is invaluable. Oregon alone has nearly 1,000 different kinds of soil, ranging from deep to shallow, clayey to sandy, nearly level to steeply sloping. These differences are important, because different soils require different kind of management practices.
'Want to Dry Farm' Handout - This double-sided handout created by Alex Stone, Andy Gallagher, and Matt Davis lays out the basics of assessing and improving site suitability for dry farming.
Dry Farm Tomato Handout - This double-sided handout gives an overview of how dry farm tomato production is different than irrigated production, and some of the key considerations for planting and management, as well as a few frequently asked questions.
Dry Farm Potato Variety Handout - This handout shares the 2019 Potato Variety Trials results and takeaways.
2016 - 2018 Dry Farming Collaborative Variety Trial Report (Draft) - See variety trial results compiled from more than 20 DFC sites. Multiple varieties of dry beans, flour corn, winter squash, tomato, melon, and zucchini were included.
2015 Dry Farming Demonstration Report - This report highlights what was done and the results for the first demonstration of dry farming vegetables in Corvallis at the OSU Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture.
2016 Dry Farming Trial Report - This report details the methods and results for the 2016 dry farming demonstration which included two irrigated plots and two dry farmed plots (tomatoes, potatoes, squash and melon). One of the dry farmed plots was amended with a bokashi biochar compost.
2017 Dry Farming Collaborative Trial Reports
Lewis Brown Farm - The OSU Lewis Brown dry farm trial site is .69 acres and has multiple varieties of tomatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, and flour corn. This is the first year this field has been dry farmed and intended to be the ‘mother trial’ for the 2017 replicated variety trials with the Dry Farming Collaborative (DFC). Thirty DFC farms throughout Western Oregon and Washington are growing some of the same crop varietals. Note: This site had major issues with symphylans and cucumber beetles, so data in this reports reflects our results given those issues.
California Ag Water Stewardship Initiative - The California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI) aims to raise awareness about approaches to agricultural water management that support the viability of agriculture, conserve water, and protect ecological integrity in California.
Dry Farming Project Continues to Expand - Oregon Small Farm New article highlights the multiple research projects engaging with the Dry Farming Collaborative in 2018
The Dry Farming Collaborative: Co-creating the future of how we manage water on our farms - This article in the Rural Connections magazine aims to raise awareness about the Dry Farming Collaborative DFC) and it's importance to sustainable agriculture in the maritime Pacific Northwest by providing a brief overview of dry farming, a timeline of the OSU Dry Farming Project, it's evolution into the DFC, and potentials for the future.
Innovations in Dryland Farming - This article by Kym Pykorny in Oregon's Agricultural Progress highlights how we examples of how we are growing food with far less water in Eastern and Western Oregon.
Common Misconceptions and Key Points About Dry Farming - Case Study of Dry Farmer with More than 40 Years of Experience - A 2014 case study of a grower who farmed in CA without any form of irrigation for 40 years before retiring to 9.6 acres in Veneta, OR in 2007 where he now farms with no water rights.
Dry Farming Vegetables: One Farmer's Approach to Building Soil, Conserving Water, and Producing Great Tasting Tomatoes - A 2013 case study of Jeannie Berg, a fruit and vegetable grower in Monmouth, OR.
Growing Resilience: Water Management Workshop Series - This workshop series, funded by an Oregon SARE Mini-Grant, focused on drought mitigation tools and management practices for farming with little or no irrigation. Videos and course materials from this series are available free online.
Benton County Extension, September 5, 2018
2018 Oregon Small Farms Conference
Roseburg Dry Farming Forum, January 2018
Roseburg Dry Farming Forum, January 2018
Northwest Climate Conference, Tacoma, WA, October 2017.
International Master Gardener Conference, Portland, July 2017.
Dry Farming Collaborative: Co-creating the future of how we manage water on our farms
North Willamette Horticulture Society Meeting, Jan 2016; InFARMATION, Jan 2016.
Growing without Irrigation
Oregon Small Farms Conference, Feb 2016.