Got a query on environmental stewardship?
In a new monthly initiative from FWi, ADAS’s David Middleditch brings you some of the frequently asked questions and provides answers and solutions.
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This month, David looks at two burning issues:
Q. As part of my ELS agreement, I have done three management plans: Soil; nutrients; and crop protection. Where do I send them now?
A. Don’t send your plans anywhere! The management plans must be kept on the farm and are intended to be working documents for you to use rather than being kept in a file at Natural England.
Q. For the overwintered stubble option, the ELS handbook states that I can’t use a pre-harvest dessicant or post-harvest herbicides. As I have a blackgrass problem in some of my fields I would like to apply for a derogation. How do I go about this?
A. Overwintered stubbles (EF6) are included in the scheme to provide an important winter food source for seed-eating birds, from spilt grain and the seeds and leaves of broad-leaved weeds. Also, weed growth increases ground cover, which helps improve soil stability through the winter – an important objective of ELS.
- David Middleditch is Senior Environment Consultant with ADAS. With a background in agriculture and conservation advice, David manages the DEFRA conservation advice programme for ADAS
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