Farmer Focus: Hours filling out forms is worth the cash


It’s all been about forms recently.

First, a Countryside Stewardship (CSS) Higher Tier (HT) utility accomplished earlier than the finish of April.

Then the apparent Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) by mid-May and now an Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme  Landscape Recovery (LR) bid along side a few of our neighbours in the Breckland Farmers Wildlife Network (BFWN) to be in by 25 May.

See additionally: Oilseed rape space set for giant rise pushed by excessive rapeseed costs

About the creator

Andrew Blenkiron

Arable Farmer Focus author

Andrew Blenkiron manages the 4,400ha Euston Estate, south of Thetford. Principal farm enterprises are combinable and root crops, together with sugar beet. In addition the property helps let land, sheep, out of doors pigs, poultry, suckler cows, horses and stewardship.

Next, might be the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) utility, which can demand a component of time to make sure that it is accomplished accurately.

That’s definitely an entire mass of acronyms.

Despite sure people promising a bonfire of pink tape throughout the final acronym that was Brexit, I believed that I had higher full the forms to make sure that my habit, my repair, is a minimum of glad for just a few extra years.

After all, I’d be silly to disregard the cash that comes, on account of all of these hours of toil. 

So don’t forget to get your repair that might be the SFI when it comes. It’s a use it or lose it scenario.

Out in the actual world that is the farm, it’s been an excellent spring, barely dry, however that appears to be the norm lately.

Winter cereals have been effectively established, so they’re nonetheless discovering a little bit of water to allow them to maintain going. Sugar beet and maize are making their means, slowly, out of the floor.

Our newest, rapid-growing, carbon-seizing crop of Paulownia is simply being planted and every thing is crossed to make sure that it delivers.

Will it develop as quick as promised? Will the first harvest be in simply 10 years? Will the marketplace for carbon credit actually develop as anticipated? 

I’ll let you recognize sooner or later. 

The problem at the second is deciding what to plant this autumn.

Return to oilseed rape to fulfill demand? Grow a low-input crop to make sure we aren’t held hostage to high-input prices? Or proceed to do extra of the identical and promote cereals forwards into this exceptionally buoyant market? 

Oh for the crystal ball that may give the solutions!    

Enjoy the Platinum Jubilee occasions and I look forwards to seeing you at Cereals.


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