Do oats do much in a cover crop mix?


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Chipping Norton
Yes, expect so. More likely than peas.
Still some ground to plant after spring barley and would like to put beans in there as per my previous post. If any opinions on seed rates?
I think your mix of "30kgs/acre of beans plus 10 of vetch and 20 of oats" sounds fine too me without knowing the soil etc. Should be quite cheap too if you have the beans and the oats in the shed.


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I put in black oats in my mix and reckon they are worthwhile. They grow to twice the size of normal oats or rye volunteers and are the first thing the cattle eat. Expensive though!

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...