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cover crop

a crop, usually a legume, planted to keep nutrients from leaching, soil from eroding, and land from weeding over, as during the winter.
Origin of cover crop
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The cover-crop seed is covered the last time over with the cultivator.

  • Intensive cultivation continues, the vines are treated for pests and the annual cover-crop follows cultivation.

  • As a cover-crop for poor land it adds much humus to the soil and makes capital grazing.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Whether provided with a cover-crop to be turned under or hard and bare, the land must be broken each spring with the plow.

  • The fruit should be nearly full sized when tillage is stopped and the cover-crop sown.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Thus, cultivation must cease early in the season, and a cover-crop be sown to help harden and mature the vines.

  • Usually a pear-orchard should be cultivated once in two or three weeks until time to sow the cover-crop in midsummer.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • The cover-crop seed is covered the last time the cultivator goes over the orchard.

    The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for cover-crop

cover crop

a crop planted between main crops to prevent leaching or soil erosion or to provide green manure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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