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catch crop,

any quick-growing crop sown between seasons of regular planting to make use of temporary idleness of the soil or to compensate for the failure of a main crop. It may be such rapid-maturing vegetables as radishes, onions grown from sets, or spinach (planted between rows of slower growing crops); quick-growing crops such as rye, millet, or buckwheat; or an annual legume, such as soybean, which is valuable as fodder or, when plowed under, increases the soil's fertility. See cover cropcover crop,
green temporary crop grown to prevent or reduce erosion and to improve the soil by building up its organic content. Green-manure crops, which are specifically grown for their organic content and other feature that enable them to improve the soil, but which may be
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catch crop

[′kach ‚kräp]
(agriculture)
A rapidly growing plant that can be intercropped between rows of the main crop; often used as a green manure.
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HA]) occurred in the soil having incorporated biomass of various catch crops, in the second year--having incorporated catch crop biomass in combination with straw (4.
In Endocalcari--Endohypogleyic Cambisol used for agricultural production, biomass of catch crops (red clover, white clover mixture with Italian ryegrass, white mustard) incorporated alone or together with winter wheat straw, in the first year increased the content of mobile humic acids ([C.
The objective of our study was to estimate the effects of the above-ground biomass of various catch crops on the composition of soil humic substances and their variation in agricultural, fertile heavy loam Cambisol.
Catch crops were grown in the same year as winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.
Seeking to utilise solar energy as long as possible, it is expedient to cultivate catch crops for which there is no need to allocate a separate field in the crop rotation.
During the experimental period, the weather conditions after winter wheat harvesting were favourable and the biomass of the aboveground part of catch crops amounted to 2.
From the viewpoint of environmental protection, catch crops of white mustard and white clover mixture with Italian ryegrass are valuable in terms of nitrogen utilisation from the soil after cereal harvesting.
However, having incorporated straw together with the biomass of white clover mixture with Italian ryegrass, red clover or white mustard, their amount increased compared with the treatments where only catch crops biomass had been incorporated.
The most intensive humification processes (accumulation of humic acids) occurred in the soil having incorporated biomass of various catch crops (without straw incorporation).
In the second year of effect of the measures applied, soil organic matter humification was increased by both catch crops biomass alone and in combination with straw.
Catch crops, such as hardy broad beans, can be grown among sweetcorn plants.
If you are struggling for space on your allotment or in your vegetable garden at home and want to get as much use out each square metre (square yard) as you can, why not try some inter-cropping of longer term crops with catch crops that only take five or six weeks to mature?