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Stewardship Schemes Information: Overwintered Stubbles

The Use of Roundup on Overwintered Stubbles (EF6), Under the Entry Level Scheme and under C6, C7a and C7b of Campaign for Farmed Environment.

This option concerns the management of land following the harvesting of a combinable crop such as oilseed rape, linseed, cereals or field beans (but not maize) until 14th February the following year in the case of EF6 and until the end of the stubble period n the CFE options.


Farmers who enter land into overwintered stubble option under the ELS need to be careful that they comply with restrictions on the use of herbicides laid down in the ELS handbook.

The use of Roundup is not allowed as a pre-harvest desiccant or to clean up the stubble over autumn.

Roundup can be applied only after 15th February in preparation for a spring crop.

CFE C6, C7a,C7b

As for EF6 Roundup is not allowed pre-harvest of the preceding crop with the exception of oilseed rape or in the stubble over winter except under exceptional circumstances. Herbicides can be aplied from 15th May for C6 and from 1st March for C7a and C7b.

Caution: Perennial weeds like Docks, Thistles, and Couch grass are not at a very susceptible stage in early spring and Roundup treatment will give good suppression to allow the crop to grow away but not at the high levels of control associated with pre-harvest or stubble treatment.

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