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nurse crop

a crop planted in the same field with another crop, especially to minimize the growth of weeds.
Origin of nurse crop
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The chief virtue in rape as a nurse crop is that the shade is removed early through pasturing.

  • When thus grown, the preparation of soil for the nurse crop will usually suffice for the clovers also.

  • Whether it is advisable to sow a nurse crop will depend upon conditions.

  • If sown later, the seed will more certainly make a stand without a nurse crop, since it will get more moisture.

  • If not thus clipped, they would frequently injure the crop more by shade and crowding than would a nurse crop.

  • When sown with a nurse crop, the seed is in some instances mixed with the grain before it is sown.

  • Since it is liable to be more injured, relatively, by a nurse crop than the clovers, it is more frequently sown without one.

  • The other clovers are usually able to make a sufficient stand, though grown along with a nurse crop.

  • Sweet clover may be sown with almost any kind of a nurse crop desired, which does not destroy it with an over-abundant shade.

  • Some have advocated sowing clovers without a nurse crop under any conditions.

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