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v. in·ter·cropped, in·ter·crop·ping, in·ter·crops
To grow more than one crop in the same field, especially in alternating rows or sections.
To plant (a crop) in the same field with another.

in′ter·crop′ n.
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A method of growing quick-maturing vegetables between widely spaced, longer-term crops to make efficient use of the growing area.
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Table 2: Effect of Intercropping on Soil enzymatic activity during 2nd year; Soil Enzymatic activity i.e.
They cover Musa germplasm diversity and evaluation; novel seed systems; banana pests and diseases; banana intercropping systems; banana use, postharvest, and nutrition; and surveillance, adoption, and communicating knowledge.
Damage can be minimised by intercropping them with onions or covering them with a fine mesh.
His field research indicates that additive treatments may be the most efficient intercropping approach for producing romaine lettuce hearts, where smaller lettuce plants are desired.
The diversity of agroecosystems can affect populations of insect pests and their natural enemies, and intercropping may provide resources such as food, alternative prey and hosts, and shelter for the natural enemies.
Short of direct cash payments to coconut farmers, the option with the greater and more lasting impact is farm subsidy for fertilizers and intercropping. The benefits from fertilization of the existing crops under the coconuts can be felt within six months.
One of the methods for the production and maintenance of straw in the dry season no-tillage system is the system of agriculture integrated with forage production, in which intercropping is used.
These are:a) Use of diversified maize cropping systemsThis includes maize-legume intercropping, which research has shown reduces FAW incidence from 30 to 75 per cent as compared to monocrop.
Intercropping, which is defined as the growing of two or more crop species simultaneously in the same field during a growing season (Ofori and Stern, 1987), is important for the development of sustainable food production systems, particularly in cropping systems with limited external inputs (Adesogan et al., 2002).
Therefore, intercropping forage species, especially those from the genus Urochloa (Crusciol et al., 2012), with summer or winter crops can be an alternative to improve land use (Portes et al., 1995).
The coconut industry, where we can propagate intercropping, has long been neglected.