catch crop

  1. 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

Other words from catch crop

  • catch cropping, noun

Words Nearby catch crop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use catch crop in a sentence

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

  • 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
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for catch crop

catch crop

  1. 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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