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 formscatch cropping, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for catch crop

Historical Examples of catch crop

  • Sometimes the grape itself is planted as a catch-crop in the vineyard.

  • A catch-crop is one grown between the rows of another crop for profit from the produce.

  • A catch-crop grown between the rows of pears is a profitable adjunct to the pear-orchard for the first four or five years.

  • Moreover a number of weeds are buried with the catch-crop before they have time to blossom and to shed their seed.

    Wildflowers of the Farm

    Arthur Owens Cooke

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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