cover crop

noun

Definition of cover crop

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

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Learn about the benefits of growing cover crops, including how to select the right type for your space and needs, when and how to sow your seeds, and what to do with your crop in the spring. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Fall garden fairs, plant sales and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Planting cover crops, keeping more land under conservation, using no-till farming, regenerative agriculture can pull carbon out of the air and can drive it and sequester it into the soil. NBC News, "Full transcript: Democratic debate in Houston," 13 Sep. 2019 October-November: Remove tomatoes; plant cover crops such as fava beans, cow peas, field peas and phacelia. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardening: Time to plant cool season crops," 5 Sep. 2019 In collaboration with the agricultural industry, the defense council pushed to incentivize the use of cover crops, plants like cereal rye that soak up water and nutrients during the off-season. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago," 14 June 2019 Learn about the benefits of growing cover crops, including how to select the right type for your space and needs, when and how to sow your seeds, and what to do with your crop in the spring. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Renovation and Landscaping Show, dahlia fest and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Few farmers in the area were able to take advantage of the Trump administration’s market facilitation program — which offered them $15 an acre to plant cover crops — because their land remained too wet to plant by the Aug. 1 deadline. NBC News, "Flooded out, farmers find work rebuilding the levees that failed them," 19 Aug. 2019 Like agroecological farming, regenerative agricultural uses cover crops, no-till and other methods to increase on-farm biodiversity and soil health. National Geographic, "Insect 'apocalypse' in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides," 6 Aug. 2019 In a way, these cover crops could serve the same function as Illinois’ bygone wetlands and prairie grasses. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago," 14 June 2019

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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