Products — Greening & EFA's

Green Manure Mixtures

These are becoming more popular all the time as they have 2 very important roles. They add organic matter to the soil and make nitrogen available to the following crop. Typical ingredients used are Red Clover, White Clover, Phacelia, Mustard, Vetch, Rye, Italian Ryegrass and Minerva Maple Peas.

Greening and EFA's

ECOLOGICAL FOCUS AREAS

For farms over 15 hectares of arable land that are not exempt, must ensure an area equivilent to 5% to be EFA.

An EFA is an area of land on which you can carry out agricultural practices that are beneficial for the climate and environment.  There are seven EFA options that can be used on their own or in combination to meet your EFA requirements.  Fallow land, margins, catch crops, nitrogen-fixing crops, hedges and agro forestrry.

We produce a lot of these crops ourselves, so, here at W A Church we are well placed to make up a mixture for you.

Following CAP reforms the Single Payment Scheme for farmers was replaced from 1st January 2015 for a Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). This scheme contains mandatory greening requirements, which will account for around 30% of the total payment.

Full detailed information on all aspects of the schemes can be found at
www.gov.uk/cap-reform.

Please contact us to discuss all your requirements.

 

Part of the greening rules under the current BPS is the management of ecological focus areas (EFA's).


EFA's can be made up of:

  • Hedge
  • Buffer strips
  • Nitrogen fixing crops
  • Fallow land
  • Catch and cover crops

There have recently been some changes to these rules and we fully expect more changes in the future as the government outlines its plans for agricultural policy post leaving the EU.

The latest rule changes can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/bps-2018

We can supply standard or bespoke seed mixtures to help you fulfil our EFA criteria, please call us with your requirements.

 

 

AB12 Catch Crops and Cover Crops

Eligible catch/cover crops are:

Cereal

  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Oats

Non Cereal

  • Vetch
  • Phacelia
  • Mustard
  • Lucerne
  • Oilseed
  • Radish

Grass is also permissible as long as it was undersown in the previous crop and is visible and dense enough to cover the ground by the start of the catch crop or cover crop period. Some suggested mixtures are detailed however we appreciate that every situation is different so at Church of Bures we can produce your very own bespoke mixture to include any percentages of the eligible crops.

Church Rapid Fix

75% Rye
25% Vetch
Sow at 50-65kg/ha

• Rapid establishment and excellent winter ground cover offers good weed suppression.
• Also nitrogen fixing.

Church Maxi Cover

80% Oats
15% Vetch
5% Phacelia
Sow at 40-50kg/ha

• High Dry Matter cover crop with good weed suppression and nitrogen fixing.

Church Easy Cover

75% Rye
25% Mustard
Sow at 25-40kg/ha

• Economic cover crop which rapidly establishes suppressing weeds and is easy to incorporate back into the soil.

Church Deep Fix

75% Oats
15% Vetch
10% Oilseed Radish
Sow at 35-50kg/ha

• Nitrogen fixing cover crop with the ability to root through compacted soils improving structure.