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OSU Dry Farming Project Virtual Field Days

OSU Dry Farming Project

2020 Virtual Field Tour Series

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Mark your calendars! The 2020 Dry Farm Project field tours will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:00AM in August and September. There will be nine field tours featuring different elements of the five core projects listed below.  For more information and to view a final schedule once posted visit:


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.


2020 Dry Farming Projects:


Tomato Project (funded by Western SARE) 2020 - 2022

Led by: Alex Stone 

Goal: Evaluate hundreds of tomato varieties under dry farmed conditions; grafting tomatoes onto different drought-resistant rootstocks; utility of soil management strategies (mulching, fertilization) and cultural management (staking, pruning, shading); the profitability of dry farmed tomatoes; and help farmers promote and market dry farmed tomatoes.


Corn Breeding Project (funded by Agricultural Research Foundation) 2020

Led by: Lucas Nebert

Goal: Refine and improve the diverse, open-pollinated dent corn variety called Open Oak Party Mix, stewarded by Adaptive Seeds in Brownsville, OR; evaluate performance of the offspring of 200 unique hand pollinations made in 2019 in dry-farmed conditions; showcase a corn variety trial in collaboration with NOVIC to determine best varieties for hominy and masa production that grow well in our region.


Soil Management Study (funded by University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) 2020

Led by: Amy Garrett, Alex Stone, and Matt Davis

Goal: Evaluate how different tillage, mulch, and fertilizer treatments affect the quality and productivity of dry farmed tomatoes.


Solar Co-location with Dry-Farmed Vegetables (funded by National Renewable Energy Lab) 2019 – 2021

Led by: Amy Garrett

Goal: Evaluate quality and productivity of dry farmed vegetables interplanted in a solar array. Potatoes responded to the partial-shading by the panels with a 9.5% increase in yield in the 2019 trial and will be included in the 2020 and 2021 trials.


Variety Trials (supported by The Dry Farming Institute) 2015 - present

Led by: Amy Garrett and Lucas Nebert

Goal: Evaluate performance of select varieties (winter squash (delicata and maxima), tepary beans, corn, potatoes, and tomatoes) in a dry-farmed system; pilot an app called SeedLinked year to streamline our data collection and make it easier for more growers to participate!

Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00am

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Tour or Orientation

Event Topic

Sustainability, Research


Community, Faculty and Staff, Student, Future and New, Alumni, Industry Partner, Online


Benton, Lane, Linn




OSU Extension Service, College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop & Soil Science, Department of Horticulture
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Teagan Moran

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