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The regulated farming world in which we live and work has many deadlines.  As a reminder, some of the more important ones are listed below including those from the cross-compliance calendar.
(SMR = Statutory Management Requirements.  GAEC = Good Agricultural & Environmental Conditions.  EFA = Ecological Focus Area).

2016

JANUARY


1 January

• Start of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the cross compliance rules must be followed from this date.
• Application of organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested  sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on shallow or sandy soils from this date if conditions are suitable and the quantity restrictions are adhered to for application of these manures.  (SMR 1)
• Beginning of the year for assessing the annual amount of livestock manure applied to land.  (SMR 1)
• Start of fallow period if land to be counted as an EFA for BPS.
16 January
• Manufactured Nitrogen fertilizers can be applied to grassland and tillage land from this date if conditions are suitable.  (SMR1)

FEBRUARY

1 February
• Application of organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on all soil types from this date if conditions are suitable and the quantity restrictions are adhered to for application of these manures.  (SMR 1)
29 February
• End of the quantity restrictions for application of organic manures with a high readily available Nitrogen content.  (SMR 1)

MARCH

1 March
• No cutting/trimming of hedgerows OR trees from this date until 1 September unless a derogation has been granted by RPA.  Hedge laying and hedge and tree coppicing can be carried out from 1 March to 30 April.  Fruit and nut trees in orchards or trees acting as windbreaks in orchards, vineyards, hop yards or hop gardens are not included in the ban.  (GAEC 7A & 7C)
• No casting up of traditional hedge banks from this date.  (GAEC 7A)
31 March
• Annual abstraction licencing bills from the Environment Agency sent out from this date.

APRIL

1 April
• No burning of heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land, other than in upland areas, from this date.  (GAEC6)
• Winter or all year round water abstraction licence returns due to the Environment Agency within 28 days of them being sent out from this date.
16 April
• No burning of heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land in upland areas from this date.  (GAEC6)
30 April
• The number of ‘specified’ livestock kept on a farm during the previous calendar year must have been recorded by now and the amount of Nitrogen they produced must have been calculated.  The number and type of livestock in a building or on hardstanding during the previous storage period must also have been recorded.  NVZ Regs.  (SMR1)

MAY

1 May
• Start of fallow period if land to be counted as a ‘crop’ for crop diversification under BPS.
• Start of period for when EFA Nitrogen Fixing crops must be in the ground for BPS.
• Start of period for when any other ‘crops’ for crop diversification purposes must be in the ground for BPS.
• No hedge or tree coppicing or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC 7a and 7c)
16 May
• (midnight) BPS deadline for submitting 2016 applications.
• Deadline for submitting Environmental Stewardship claims to Natural England and WGS claims to the Forestry Commission
• Start to think about cropping and crop diversification and EFAs for 2017!

JUNE

1 June
• (midnight) Deadline for changing BPS applications without getting a penalty.
9 June
• (midnight) Deadline for late BPS applications
30 June
• End of fallow period for both EFA and crop diversification under BPS.
• End of EFA Nitrogen fixing crops period.
• End of period for ‘crop diversification’ crops to be in the ground under BPS.

AUGUST

1 August
• Hedges may be able to cut from this date with a derogation from the RPA.  (GAEC 7A)
• Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to tillage land on shallow or sandy soils except where crops will be sown on or before 15 September. (SMR 1)
31 August
• EFA catch crops for BPS must be established by now and retained until at least 1 October.

SEPTEMBER

1 September
• Hedgerows & trees can be cut from this date (but check ELS/HLS/CSS scheme requirements).  (GAEC 7A & 7C)
• Traditional hedge banks can be cast up from this date.  (GAEC 7A)
• Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland on shallow or sandy soils.  (SMR 1)
• Start of closed period for applying manufactured Nitrogen fertilizers to tillage land.  (SMR1)
15 September
• Start of closed period for applying manufactured Nitrogen fertilizers to grassland.  (SMR1)
16 September
• Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to tillage land on shallow or sandy soils which have been sown with crops on or before 15 September.  (SMR 1)

OCTOBER

1 October
• EFA cover crops for BPS must be established by now and retained until at least 15 January.
• Heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium may be burned on land in upland areas from this date.  (GAEC6)
• Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to tillage land on soils which are not shallow or sandy.  (SMR 1)
15 October
• Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available Nitrogen content (eg: slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland on soils which are not shallow or sandy.  (SMR 1)
31 October
• Summer water abstraction licence returns due to the Environment Agency within 28 days of them being sent out from this date.

NOVEMBER

1 November
• Heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium may be burned on land, other than in upland areas, from this date. (GAEC6)
30 November
• Second part charges for two-part tariff agreements for water abstraction licences will be received shortly after this date.

DECEMBER
1 December
• Annual inventory of sheep to be carried out on this day.  (SMR8)
31 December

• End of BPS calendar year for cross-compliance responsibilities.

 

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