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2020 OSU Dry Farming Project Virtual Field Days: Tomato Management Study
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.
To gain a foundational understanding of Dry Farming you can watch the recorded presentation: Introduction to Dry Farming Organic Vegetables presented by Amy Garrett, OSU Extension Services Small Farms Program.
Tomato Management Study
What is the best dry farm tomato production system? There is a lot to consider! In our new WSARE grant, we are exploring soil preparation, weed management, nitrogen fertilization, staking, shading, grafting and pruning, in the hopes of developing a system that minimizes losses to blossom end rot and profitably and reliably produces delicious fruit.
Once registered you will be sent the login details for the live webinar.