Catch crop


Catch crop

In agriculture, a catch crop is a fast-growing crop that is grown simultaneously with, or between successive plantings of a main crop.

For example, radishes that mature from seed in 25-30 days can be grown between rows of most vegetables, and harvested long before the main crop matures. Or, a catch crop can be planted between the spring harvest and fall planting of some crops.

Catch cropping is a type of succession planting. It makes more efficient use of growing space.

Catch crops are also crops that are sown to prevent minerals being flushed away from the soil.By using catch crops, such as grain (millet, ...) one can keep certain minerals not attached to the humous-clay connection (such as carbon (C) and other positively charged elements) in the soil for (many) years.


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  • Catch crop — Any crop grown between the rows of another crop or intermediate between two crops in ordinary rotation in point of time. {Catch crop ping}, n. Radishes . . . are often grown as a catch crop with other vegetables. L. H. Bailey. [Webster 1913 Suppl …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catch-crop — catchˈ crop noun A secondary crop grown before, after, or at the same time as, and on the same piece of ground as, a main crop • • • Main Entry: ↑catch …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch crop — n. a supplementary crop grown at a time when the ground would ordinarily lie fallow, as between the plantings of two principal crops: it may be harvested or plowed under to improve the soil …   English World dictionary

  • catch crop — noun a crop that grows quickly (e.g. lettuce) and can be planted between two regular crops grown in successive seasons or between two rows of crops in the same season • Hypernyms: ↑crop * * * noun : a crop grown between two crops in ordinary… …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch crop — catch cropping. 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. [1880 85] *… …   Universalium

  • catch crop — noun (C) a vegetable crop that grows quickly, planted between two rows of another crop …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • catch-crop — /ˈkætʃ krɒp/ (say kach krop) noun a quick growing crop grown between the rows of another crop, and harvested first …   Australian English dictionary

  • catch crop — noun a crop grown in the space or interval between two main crops …   English new terms dictionary

  • catch-crop|ping — «KACH KROP ihng», noun. the practice of growing catch crops …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catch-cropping — Catch crop Catch crop Any crop grown between the rows of another crop or intermediate between two crops in ordinary rotation in point of time. {Catch crop ping}, n. Radishes . . . are often grown as a catch crop with other vegetables. L. H.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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