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catch crop

a crop that reaches maturity in a relatively short time, often planted as a substitute for a crop that has failed or at a time when the ground would ordinarily lie fallow, as between the plantings of two staple crops.
Origin of catch crop
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
catch cropping, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for catch crop
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  • It would then be grown also as the crop of the season, rather than as a catch crop.

  • Page 326: The phrase 'it it clearly a catch crop' is a typo for 'it is clearly a catch crop'.

  • Beans may be used with some success as a fall catch crop, where wild flowers are not too plentiful.

  • After the second cutting for the season, winter rye may be grown as a catch crop by growing it as a pasture crop.

  • As a catch crop crimson clover may be made to do duty in seasons in which other clover crops may have failed.

  • Its value for this purpose, since it can be grown as a catch crop, is probably greater than its value in providing food for stock.

  • catch crop, a crop growing during the interval between regular crops.

    The First Book of Farming Charles L. Goodrich
  • For a catch crop on land after wheat and barley, Sesame may be sown in the beginning of June.

    The Khedive's Country George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for catch crop

catch crop

a quick-growing crop planted between two regular crops grown in consecutive seasons, or between two rows of regular crops in the same season
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