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Can California farmers benefit from dry farming methods?




Workers fill boxes with containers strawberries for shipment. Each box is labeled with a serial number, with codes for the farm, strawberry variety, and Julian date.
Workers fill boxes with containers strawberries for shipment. Each box is labeled with a serial number, with codes for the farm, strawberry variety, and Julian date.
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One option farmers worried about the effects of drought might look into is a method called dry farming. As you might have guessed, it involves growing crops without using irrigation systems.

Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, joins the show to tell us how dry farming works.