Growers and agronomists I have been speaking to say that a requirement to grow three crops under the new CAP proposals would trigger sweeping changes in crop rotation - if ever the proposals became law.
Any changes will not take effect until at least 2014 and as usual the devil will be in the detail. But under the proposals, growers will be required to grow at least three different crops, with none exceeding 70% of the total farm area and the third crop not less than 5%. Interestingly, the new rules will only apply if the total arable area exceeds 3ha (7.5 acres).
How would this effect your arable business? I imangine continuous wheat growers will not be happy and those on a wheat/wheat/rape rotation may have to look at barley in that second wheat slot if they want to hold on to their single farm payment...
Philip Case, Deputy News Editor, Farmers Weekly.