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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How to use cover crop in a sentence
Rye, which they once grew only as a cover crop to add nutrients when tilled into the soil, is now used to make their bottled-in-bond rye whiskey, generating favorable notice and revenue.
Once the spring comes along, Stein crimps the cover crop down with flattening boards, then covers it with more compost to start decomposing—facilitating the best possible environment in which to plant the cannabis.
I felt that I had made a mistake in not sowing a cover crop in my orchard the previous year.The Fat of the Land | John Williams Streeter
When possible a cover crop should be put on fall plowed land where there is likely to be loss of plant food by leaching.The First Book of Farming | Charles L. Goodrich
cover crop, a crop to cover the soil during the interval between regular corps.The First Book of Farming | Charles L. Goodrich
British Dictionary definitions for cover crop
a crop planted between main crops to prevent leaching or soil erosion or to provide green manure
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