Under the new cross compliance rule, Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC 5), there is a requirement to have minimum land management that reflects site-specific conditions to limit erosion. It is important that you select the correct post-harvest options to ensure that land harvested by a combine harvester or mower is left in a state where erosion is unlikely. Suitable options are provided on page 8 of the ‘Cross compliance in England: soil protection standards 2015’.
The new rules for soils are applicable to all Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claimants and certain Pillar II claimants. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of how to comply with the requirements to safeguard your payments. FAS has produced an article that provides top tips for compliance with the updated soil management requirements. If you require further advice regarding soil management on your farm, please contact FAS on 0345 345 1302 or email advice@farmingadviceservice.org.uk