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catch crop

noun
  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.
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Origin of catch crop

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formscatch cropping, noun
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Examples from the Web for catch crop

Historical Examples

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

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • 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

noun
  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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