IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Posted on 03 January 2018

DEFRA has produced a new guide which highlights key dates in what you should and should not do throughout the year to the cross compliance rules. You can access this on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cross-compliance-2018

All keepers of sheep and goats should have submitted their annual sheep and goat inventory to DEFRA by 31 December 2017. This form is compulsory. If you have not already completed this form (SMR 8) we would recommend you complete this as soon as possible and send this recorded delivery.

  • From 1 January - you must follow the rules from the 2018 Cross Compliance Guide to be eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme 2018.
  • You can apply organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content (ie slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on shallow or sandy soils from 1 January if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions when applying the above.
  • You must also assess the amount of livestock manure you are going to apply to the land.
  • The 2 year statutory window opens to apply for a water resources abstraction licence from the Environment Agency if you take more than 20 cubic meters a day for a previously exempt activity.
  • 1 January also sees the start of the 2018 Ecological Focus Area period for EFA fallow land for Basic Payment Scheme 2018. The EFA period for hedges and buffer strips must be present all year unless the hedges are newly planted.
  • 15 January – EFA cover crops for scheme year 2017 must be retained until at least this date.
  • 16 January if conditions are suitable you can apply manufactured nitrogen fertilizers to grassland and tillage land
  • 1 February you can apply organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content (ie. Slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land of all soil types from this date only if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions when applying these manures.

For more details on the above you can access the latest information at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cross-compliance-2018