cover crop


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cover crop crop planted to prevent soil erosion and provide green manure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cover crop A catch crop planted, esp. in orchards. as a protection to the soil in winter, as well as for the benefit of the soil when plowed under in spring.
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In literature:

Before evening comes and the dew falls, the day's crop is hurried under cover that it may not absorb any dampness.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
The late afternoon sunshine of the last of October shone clear and warm upon the fading close-cropped herbage that covered the long slopes.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
The soil should be compact, and the seeding can be made in the spring with a cover crop, or in August by itself.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
This may be supplemented by cover-crops and bag fertilizers in years in which the manure is not available.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
This accounts for the plentifulness of the crops produced in America, where the country was but a few years since covered with wood.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
A soil covered by a crop is cooler than one without any crop.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
The cultivation of grain and green crops is less frequent, and in their stead, vast tracks of rich pasture cover the face of the country.
"Travels in France during the years 1814-1815" by Archibald Alison
Closely cropped black hair still covered the head.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
The fence surrounded a low hill covered with close-cropped grass, leading up to the house.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Catch-crops seldom have a place in most vineyards, but cover-crops are often grown.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick

In news:

This year's record drought - which still covers more than half the nation - has ravaged corn and soybean crops, raising prices for pig feed.
When we're in a drought, farmers don't think about planting cover crops, but they should consider it, says Kris Nichols, research soil microbiologist with the USDA Agriculture Research Service, Mandan, N.D.
Winter cover crop flush with benefits.
Cover cropping 'on the cheap' — relying only on rainfall for irrigation — supplies many benefits and doesn't cost much.
"Minor crops" is a recognized category that covers some agricultural production, but California's gourd crop calls for an even smaller niche — let's say minute, even petite.
Dow AgroSciences LLC announced it received a second patent that covers crop plants containing another of the company's Enlist class of herbicide-tolerant traits.
One of the best things you can do for the garden is to plant a cover crop in it.
Crops insured by federal crop insurance or by the Non-insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) are covered when floodwaters have rendered them valueless.
Gain ground with cover crops.
Also, the Federal Crop Insurance Program has insurance products that cover losses from grasshoppers .
Covering your crops yields a four-season harvest .
Stuart Reitz is investigating the potential of a cover cropping system to deter Western flower thrips and tobacco thrips.
It's hot stuff as a cover crop 2012.01.18.
It's the latest greatest thing in cover crops, says Nathan McNett, a soil technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Adrian.
Winter cover crops don't usually grow alongside summer corn or soybeans, but that could be changing thanks to a machine developed by Penn State University researchers.