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Stewardship Schemes Information: Non-Cropped Land

Under previous EU Set aside rules pesticide application timings were restricted by calendar dates. Under the BPS there is no requirement for set-aside but there are situations where land is left non-cropped both as Fallow land under the Crop Diversification Rule and as Ecological Focus Areas, (EFA) under the Greening component of the BPS. There are also limitations under cross compliance and under ongoing stewardship schemes like ELS and CFE where the timing of sprays can be dictated by calendar dates. Overwintered stubbles options are sometimes avoided by farmers because they feel it will not be possible to get good enough control of troublesome weeds like Black-grass. For example over wintered stubbles, (OWS) can be sprayed after 15th February and extended OWS only after 15th May. These notes explain the main changes from older schemes and how the use of Roundup is affected by them.

Roundup relevant new rules, 2015:

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