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cover crop

n.
A crop, such as winter rye or clover, planted between periods of regular crop production to prevent erosion and typically turned under before maturity to increase the soil's organic matter and nitrogen content.

cover crop

n
(Agriculture) a crop planted between main crops to prevent leaching or soil erosion or to provide green manure

cov′er crop`


n.
a crop, usu. a legume, planted to keep nutrients from leaching, soil from eroding, and land from weeding over, as during the winter.
[1905–10]
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Noun1.cover crop - crop planted to prevent soil erosion and provide green manure
crop - a cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale
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TABLE 4: Tillage and cover crop system impacts on soil quality and diesel fuel use, Five Points, 2007-2008 [Table omitted]
The Valmar acquisition adds significant benefits and expertise to Salford, with an expanded product line that now includes: primary, secondary, and vertical tillage, air seeders, commodity carts, cover crop seeders, spinner-type fertilizer spreaders, air-boom applicators and granular applicators for fertilizer, insecticide, seed, seed inoculant and forage preservatives.
Almonds, for example, need a cover crop that blooms when pollinators arrive on the farm, but fades thereafter so as not to compete for the insects' attention.
Conventional wisdom holds that grazing would remove the nitrogen and carbon otherwise left on the soil in the cover crop plant residue.
At that point in its life-cycle, the root growth, nitrogen content and biomass of a fall-planted cover crop reach their peaks.
For my purposes in this paper, I will use "cover crop" to mean either or both: A cover crop is a crop that we grow, not to use as food directly, but to protect, nurture, and "feed" the soil.
Conservation tillage systems plant the summer cash crops directly into a killed winter cover crop with minimal or no tillage.
They cover crop development and phenology, including case histories, the inception and use of solar radiation by the canopy, photosynthesis and photorespiration, the loss of carbon dioxide in respiration, the partitioning of dry matter to harvested organs, limiting factors and the achievement of high yields, the physiology of crop quality, the simulation modeling of groups (including models for wheat, soybeans and corn) and the future of crop physiology given climate change, lowering inputs, new crops and quality.
Under the Arable Area Payments Scheme land required for setaside must have in place a suitable cover crop by January 15 (tomorrow) or late-harvested crop removed.
To further enrich the soil after the growing season ended in fall, they sowed a cover crop of annual rye-grass and topped off the beds with a 3-inch layer of manure.
But all that tall, healthy cover crop attracts lots of moles and gophers, who tunnel through the soil and love to eat tender young vine roots.
A cover crop researcher joined the community and has been making valuable connections as well.