alley cropping

noun

Definition of alley cropping

agriculture
:the practice of planting annual crops between widely spaced rows of woody plants or trees
  • A method called alley cropping can be used in which a variety of trees are grown in rows 40 to 60 feet apart.
  • Statesman Journal (Oregon)29 Jan. 2010

alley crop

noun
    • Often, trees grown as alley crops are pruned, and their cuttings are spread on annual crop rows as mulch that protects the soil and adds nutrients.
    • —Deborah A. McGrath and C. Ken Smith, in Tropical Deforestation, 2006

alley crop

transitive verb
    • The trees and maize were “alley cropped” (planted in alternating strips), which allows fertilizing and weeding of crop rows while also retaining the benefits of intercropping.
    • —Michael J. Dover & Lee M. TalbotTechnology Review1 Feb. 1988

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First Known Use of alley cropping

1981


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