Dry Farming

About the Dry Farming Project...

It is important to note that dry farming is not a new way of farming, but knowledge sharing has been limited because practices have primarily been passed down from farmer to farmer. Compounded by the fact that there is only a very small subset of farmers that experiment with dry farming and an even smaller number have extensive experience in these farming practices, the OSU Extension Dry Farm Project plans to explore, revive, and expand awareness of dry farming.

The Dry Farming Project began in 2013 with case studies of farms in Western Oregon and Northern California (coordinated by Community Alliance with Family Farmers) that dry farm a variety of fruit and vegetable crops. These case studies revealed a suite of management practices that support crop production without supplemental irrigation including: careful timing of tillage, early planting, cultivation or surface protection to prevent crusting and cracking of soil surface, diligent weed management, improving soil quality and water retention with organic matter addition (cover crops, compost, rotational grazing), increased plant spacing, and use of drought-resistant varieties.

There have been dry demonstrations in Western Oregon every year since 2015.

Recordings of the 2020 Dry Farm Project Virtual Field Tours, Virtual Adaptive Ag Water Symposium, and annual Dry Farming Collaborative (DFC) Winter Convening, and more can be found in the events tab.


2022 Dry Farming Field Day

The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Small Farms Program is pleased to be offering the 8th annual Dry Farming Field Day. Come learn about multiple dry farming research projects, taste different varieties of dry farmed produce, and visit with other growers and researchers in the Dry Farming Collaborative! The Dry Farming Field Day will be held on Wednesday, September 14th from 4 – 6 pm at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (844 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97331).

This event is FREE to attend but registration is required because limited space is available. There are two different registration links, one for Farmers and Service Providers and one for Gardeners.


For Farmers and Service Providers https://beav.es/ib5

For Gardeners https://beav.es/ibi


Questions? Contact Teagan Moran at 541-713-5011 - Teagan.moran@oregonstate.edu.


The 2022 Dry Farming Field Day is supported by Western SARE, The Dry Farming Institute, Red Hill Soils? and Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network.



Brand New to Dry Farming?

To gain a foundational understanding of Dry Farming check out:

> Introduction to Dry Farming Organic Vegetables presented by Amy Garrett, OSU Extension Services Small Farms Program

> Adapting Dry Farming Techniques to Vegetable Gardens

Connect with the Dry Farming Collaborative - a group of farmers, 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 original function of the DFC was to facilitate farmer-to-farmer information sharing as growers started to experiment and establish their own dry farming trials.