It was only a few years after the settlement of Utah in 1847 that occasional attempts were made to raise crops without the use of irrigation water, but these first attempts usually resulted in failure. Not until in the sixties could any degree of success be claimed. About this time, farmers in the valley of the Great Salt Lake and in Cache Valley began raising crops regularly on land located above the canal. From then to the present time a measure of success has been enjoyed by the better dry-farmer in some sections, and hardly a year of complete failure is to be found in their records.
Harris, F. S. and Ellison, A. D., "Circular No. 21 - Dry-Farming in Utah" (1916). UAES Circulars. Paper 17.