catch cropping

catch crop

noun
a crop that reaches maturity in a relatively short time, often planted as a substitute for a crop that has failed or at a time when the ground would ordinarily lie fallow, as between the plantings of two staple crops.

Origin:
1880–85

catch cropping, noun
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catch crop
 
n
a quick-growing crop planted between two regular crops grown in consecutive seasons, or between two rows of regular crops in the same season

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