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Dry farming in California

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Since there's not much water left and its facing a drought situation people starting to save water in California, but this is something new called Dry farming. So as to save water but still farming roots.
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I lived in Syria 30 years ago and the farmers around Aleppo practiced dryland farming methods. Delicious tiny cucumbers and tomatoes. We could learn from these people.
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An example of where"less" versus"fewer" actually changes the meaning of a sentence."Less tasty tomatoes";"Fewer tasty tomatoes".
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My veggie garden has doubled in size since I stopped watering daily. Ill be watering every few days now.
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Had a neighbor in '83, a terrible drought year and he had peaches that literally blew your mind with their flavor.
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taste > appearance... This is the problem with modern American society. Advertising agencies push a look that starts to be THE most important aspect of the object when it really matters most how it tastes or functions
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I think most home growers of tomatoes have worked this out and it also applies to strawberries etc. My Dad always warned me against overwatering, a bit of a struggle does wonders for concentrating the flavour.
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No dry farmer I met calls it a panacea for the state’s water crisis. But they do lament the loss of an intimate, intuitive style of agriculture that has been overtaken by another: one that privileges yield over quality, and mass management over a farmer’s care and attention.

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It seems that they are still farming like it is 1960. There has to be a technological way to get water to these farms. It is not like that are needed. Seems planned don't you think?
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Dry farming is not a yield maximization strategy; rather it allows nature to dictate the true sustainability of agricultural production in a region. David Little, a Sonoma vegetable grower who says he at times gets only a quarter of the yield of his competitors,
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Maybe they can build a pipeline to get water to these crops. It just seems like a waste of all that land to not use it at full capacity.
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Because dry farming in California used to be a widespread practice, we know that its expansion is feasible. When planting a new vineyard or orchard in an area with sufficient rainfall, it is always an option. However, in the case of permanent crops, there are a number of obstacles to converting back, as described below.

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I know one thing it does make for some beautiful landscapes. This picture is awesome.
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I went on a wine tasting trip to a vineyard in Napa and the farms do look like this. I remember wondering how on earth they are able to produce such good tasting grapes considering the surrounding areas.
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Dryland farming and dry farming are agricultural techniques for non-irrigated cultivation of crops. Dryland farming is associated with drylands - dry areas characterized by a cool wet season followed by a warm dry season.

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I hope that the new admin is going to really address the poor source of food that we have in this country. We are getting food that we can grow right here from all over the world and I really would rather not eat that stuff to be honest.
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Dry farming also works in hotter climates inland, and is more common in California where there is less rainfall than in Oregon and temperatures get well above 100°F multiple times during the growing season. This is the climate our dry farmer worked in for his first 30 plus years of dry farming. He noticed that in California where water scarcity is much more of an issue, farmers tend to be more aware of moisture and tilth.
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From what I know, the more you irrigate a crop of tomatoes the more reliant they become on being watered. When I garden I only tend to water in dry times or when the seedlings are very young. Mother Nature usually does the rest.
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Dry cultivating has a long history of utilization. Especially in the Mediterranean area, yields, for example, olives and grapes have been dry cultivated for a huge number of years. Indeed, even today, tremendous swaths of Spain (e.g. Rioja and Andalucia), Greece, France, and Italy dry homestead these harvests, and in a few areas of Europe it is illicit to flood wine grapes amid the developing season, under the conflict that the water will weaken the nature of the grapes.
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