Cross Compliance Key dates

11 April 2019

This useful key date reminder email has been compiled by the Farming Advice Service (FAS), to help farmers stay compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements in England.

FAS provides free, confidential advice on cross compliance and the greening requirements, some aspects of the Water Framework Directive (including silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil (SSAFO) and waste exemptions) and the Sustainable Use (of pesticides) Directive. To get in contact, please call 03000 200 301 (select the option for FAS) or email advice@farmingadviceservice.org.uk

                                                                                                                           

16 April: You should not burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium outside of the burning season. The burning season is from 1 October to 15 April for uplands, and from 1 November to 31 March for land not within an upland area. (GAEC* 6)

30 April: If you are in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ): You must have recorded the number of ‘specified’ livestock kept on your farm during the previous calendar year and calculated the amount of nitrogen they produced. You must also record the number and type of livestock in a building or hardstanding during the previous storage period. (SMR** 1)

1 May: You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC7a and 7c)

1 May: Crop diversification period and Ecological Focus Area (EFA) period for nitrogen fixing crops begins (until 30 June). (BPS guidance)

15 May: Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 application deadline to avoid late application penalties. (BPS guidance)

31 May: Deadline to make certain changes to a BPS application received by 15 May without a penalty (for more information read the ‘Basic Payment Scheme: rules for 2019’)

10 June: Deadline for late BPS applications, or late amendments, with penalties. Any applications or supporting evidence received after this date will not be accepted. (BPS guidance)

30 June: End of crop diversification ‘cropping’ period and end of EFA periods for fallow and nitrogen fixing crops. (BPS guidance)

*GAEC = Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions

**SMR = Statutory Management Requirements

For more detail on the information provided in the key dates table, please go to the relevant section of ‘The guide to cross compliance in England 2019’ and ‘Basic Payment Scheme: rules for 2019’.

Key dates

 

This key date reminder email has been sent by the Farming Advice Service (FAS), to help farmers stay compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements in England. FAS provides free, confidential advice on cross compliance and the greening requirements, some aspects of the Water Framework Directive (including silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil (SSAFO) and waste exemptions) and the Sustainable Use (of pesticides) Directive. To get in contact, please call 03000 200 301 (select the option for FAS) or email advice@farmingadviceservice.org.uk                                                                                                                            
16 April You should not burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium outside of the burning season. The burning season is from 1 October to 15 April for uplands, and from 1 November to 31 March for land not within an upland area. (GAEC* 6)
30 April If you are in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ): You must have recorded the number of ‘specified’ livestock kept on your farm during the previous calendar year and calculated the amount of nitrogen they produced. You must also record the number and type of livestock in a building or hardstanding during the previous storage period. (SMR** 1)
1 May You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC7a and 7c)
1 May Crop diversification period and Ecological Focus Area (EFA) period for nitrogen fixing crops begins (until 30 June). (BPS guidance)
15 May Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 application deadline to avoid late application penalties. (BPS guidance)
31 May Deadline to make certain changes to a BPS application received by 15 May without a penalty (for more information read the ‘Basic Payment Scheme: rules for 2019’)
10 June Deadline for late BPS applications, or late amendments, with penalties. Any applications or supporting evidence received after this date will not be accepted. (BPS guidance)
30 June End of crop diversification ‘cropping’ period and end of EFA periods for fallow and nitrogen fixing crops. (BPS guidance)

*GAEC = Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions **SMR = Statutory Management Requirements   For more detail on the information provided in the key dates table, please go to the relevant section of ‘The guide to cross compliance in England 2019’ and ‘Basic Payment Scheme: rules for 2019’.