Home Grown Grain

  On our own farm we grew 50 acres of spring barley this year. We originally intended to grow wheat but were unable to plant due to the wet weather last autumn, so we switched to spring cropping. The majority of the area was taken for whole crop which yielded well above budget and left […]

Forage Crops in Arable Rotations

With the virtual demise of oilseed rape on many arable farms we are seeing an increasing interest from arable and dairy farmers to work closer together to grow forage crops. In the past this has often been maize silage but is now commonly one to three year ryegrass leys, red clover and in some cases […]

Are You Meeting NVZ Rules?

Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) rules are part of cross compliance requirements, inspected by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). NVZ rules must be met to qualify for full payments of: • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) • Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) schemes such as, Countryside Stewardship and Countryside Productivity To comply, you need to be […]