Friday, 17 January 2020
2020 – Crop Diversification & Extreme Weather
farmers have had both a challenging autumn and what looks to be an even more
challenging few weeks ahead in getting their crops sown and established, not
only have they had to contend with the practicalities of the problems but also
the difficulties in complying with the 3 crop rule for crop diversification.
RPA Guidance for Crop Planning
The RPA have released some guidance that may help with making decisions on cropping plans for the forthcoming season.
the guidance states:
- If your cropped area comprises more
than 75% of the total arable area of fallow and / or temporary grass, then you
will be exempt from crop diversification and greening. The management rules
of the fallow land do differ if you are just using it for a crop as opposed to
fallow land for greening – please ask!
- Consider planting spring varieties
of your winter crops – spring and winter variety count as two different crops.
- If you have drilled and the crop has
failed (and you don’t replant with another crop) then you can count that
intended area as a crop – you’ll need some proof, such as seed invoices.
The link can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claiming-bps-2020-and-greening-payments-in-extreme-weather
If you are in the position described above, it would be wise to talk to one of us at Howkins. We can assist in putting into place a plan to work to, that will comply with the RPA requirements. This will also help your business plan for the season ahead. There may be more guidance released over the next few weeks should the weather situation fail to improve. We will advise our clients as soon as possible should further communications be made available.
weather and flooding continues to prevail, the government may look to consider
a force majeure claim later in Spring 2020, once the full impact on the present
weather conditions and the final impact on spring cropping can be assessed. If
would be prudent to begin to collate evidence from now onwards which may (or
may not) be required to support a future claim. Evidence may include; rainfall
data showing exceptional levels of precipitation on the dates that you would
normally be drilling or planting crops; seed invoices supported with delivery
notes; evidence of soil types; crop and drilling dates if applicable; original
cropping plans for 2020; letters from suppliers if seed orders were
unfulfilled; date stamped photos containing reference features which are
referenced back to a map for identification purposes.
Extreme Hardship due to crop failure
If extreme hardship is endured on the back of the extreme weather, the Framing Recovery Fund may be able to provide money to assist farmers in restoring their agricultural land as quickly as possible when affected by flooding. Administered by the Rural Payments Agency on behalf of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), assistance up to 100% may be available. Grants of between £500 and £25,000 to cover non-insurable items and activities such as re-cultivation, reseeding, reinstating field boundaries and removing debris from agricultural ground may all be covered. Relevant geographical areas will be published in due course once the full scope of the flooding has been assessed.
on all matters of funding, planning and support and remedial action for
agricultural land recovery, as well as for all other rural matters, please
contact your nearest H&H office on: