Definition of undersow in English:



  • Sow (a later-growing crop) on land already seeded with another crop.

    ‘many spring-sown pastures are established with a cover crop by undersowing the grass on land which is carrying a winter-sown cereal’
    ‘our field experiments used various types of undersowing’
    ‘undersown cereals can be difficult to deal with when the corn is slow to ripen’
    • ‘To rebuild topsoil, organic farmers plant green manures, make compost and undersow crops with clover to increase organic matter in soil.’
    • ‘For example, in undersowing, shorter grasses and cover plants are grown under taller cereal grains.’
    • ‘Green manures can also be used to undersow crops such as corn, reducing weed growth and protecting the soil from erosion.’
    • ‘Many farmers also undersowed with annual rye-grasses as a means of boosting winter and early spring feed.’
    • ‘Therefore, we studied during three growing seasons the effect of undersowing wheat with living mulches on wheat grain yield.’
    • ‘It is safe to undersow with clover and other legumes.’
    • ‘I recall one field that I undersowed to sweetclover in 1977, shortly after I started farming organically.’
    • ‘For spring sowings it is ideal to undersow a spring cereal.’
    • ‘Much of the benefit of undersowing clover is the attractant effect of the flowers on beneficial insects.’
    • ‘Green manures may be planted prior to harvest of many late season crops by undersowing.’
    • ‘So after that we just undersowed many of our paddocks with chicory.’
    • ‘In undersowing, the seed is usually placed on top of the soil surface so as not to damage the already sown crop with a tool.’
    • ‘The resulting undersown plant growth must be retained until the cereal crop is harvested.’
    • ‘We're beginning to plant fall cover crops on fields that have finished their production for this season, or in areas where we can undersow existing crops.’
    • ‘When you undersow, you may prefer a slower-growing plant so that it doesn't compete strongly with the crop it is growing under.’
    • ‘Hence, to obtain the maximum impact from undersowing in crop protection, the relative height of the two plant types is crucial to the success of the overall system.’