cover crop


cover crop

noun

Definition of COVER CROP

:  a crop planted to prevent soil erosion and to provide humus

First Known Use of COVER CROP

1899

cover crop

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fast-growing crop, such as rye, buckwheat, cowpea, or vetch, planted to prevent soil erosion, increase nutrients in the soil, and provide organic matter. Cover crops are grown either in the season during which cash crops are not grown or between the rows of some crops (e.g., fruit trees). See also green manure.

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