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.
Historical Examples

Moreover a number of weeds are buried with the catch-crop before they have time to blossom and to shed their seed.
Wildflowers of the Farm Arthur Owens Cooke

Sometimes the grape itself is planted as a catch-crop in the vineyard.
Manual of American Grape-Growing U. P. Hedrick

A catch-crop grown between the rows of pears is a profitable adjunct to the pear-orchard for the first four or five years.
The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick

A catch-crop is one grown between the rows of another crop for profit from the produce.
Manual of American Grape-Growing U. P. Hedrick

a quick-growing crop planted between two regular crops grown in consecutive seasons, or between two rows of regular crops in the same season


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