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A cover crop is a temporary vegetative cover that is grown to provide protection for the soil and the establishment of plants, particularly those which are slow growing.

Some cover crops are introduced by undersowing and in due course provide permanent vegetative cover to stabilise the area concerned. The term can include an intermediate crop that can be removed by the use of selective herbicides.

Source Publication:
Environmental Indicators for Agriculture – Vol. 3: Methods and Results, OECD, 2001, glossary, pages 389-391.

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Environmental indicators for agriculture

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 3, 2003