cover crop


Definition of cover crop

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

Examples of cover crop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No gas vehicles — sheep trim the cover crop in the spring. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Some $10 billion of that money will help farmers cover crop losses from drought, wildfires and hurricanes. Kevin Freking, ajc, 1 Oct. 2021 Nic pointed out a plot of cover crop (oats and field peas that’ll help replenish the soil for next year), budding Brussels sprouts, and apple cider trees two or three years away from getting any action. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2021 Black, who once grew mostly corn, plants such grass on corners of his fields, as pasture for his growing herd of cattle and as a cover crop between rows of wheat and annual grass. Tammy Webber, Chron, 9 Sep. 2021 But only a sliver of his nearly 1,000-acre farm is planted with this cover crop., 2 Sep. 2021 The company wants to make Camelina a high-value cash cover crop, so growers can also benefit from the proteins and oils produced by the plant. Lana Bandoim, Forbes, 18 June 2021 There is a particularly beautiful and annual red clover that is used as a winter cover crop. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 In our climate, most gardeners incorporate cover crop residue to promote decomposition. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of cover crop

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Cover crop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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