cover crop



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

Origin of cover crop

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cover crop

Historical Examples of cover crop

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

  • 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


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