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cover crop

noun
  1. a crop, usually a legume, planted to keep nutrients from leaching, soil from eroding, and land from weeding over, as during the winter.
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Origin of cover crop

First recorded in 1905–10
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Historical Examples

  • Intensive cultivation continues, the vines are treated for pests and the annual cover-crop follows cultivation.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Whether provided with a cover-crop to be turned under or hard and bare, the land must be broken each spring with the plow.

  • Thus, cultivation must cease early in the season, and a cover-crop be sown to help harden and mature the vines.

  • The cover-crop seed is covered the last time the cultivator goes over the orchard.

  • The fruit should be nearly full sized when tillage is stopped and the cover-crop sown.


British Dictionary definitions for cover crop

cover crop

noun
  1. a crop planted between main crops to prevent leaching or soil erosion or to provide green manure
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