Improving land with muck? Is it still allowed - new rules?

As it says - ive got the use of some thistle and blackgrass low indext (1) arable for the next 4 years FOC for grazing - and unlimited access to free pig and dairy slurry if wanted - Obviously the grazing is free to sort the weeds out for a clean return to arable in 2025- The previous arable tenant ran the ground down in constant wheat before retiring.

Reading some of this stuff about only ptting on what the ground or crop needs, how do I go about sorting it? The LL is keen to get indexes up back towards 3 as the ground is Top quality arable ground. My plan was basicaly to graze it for the first two years- maxing out one or two heavy manure applications and then in year 3 and 4 cut as well as graze - while maintaining max allowable input - estimating this would get the ground to index 2.5ish ready to go back into arable (or possibly be let to myself depending on where the world is then, I may take it on).

Is this still allowed or have the new rules bascially shafted the world and set us on a nice slow course to no more improvement and just decline?
Soil test first. Lime as required. Apply muck or slurry to suit requirements.

Spray the weeds out next year. Thistles shouldn't be too hard. Will need to be grazed and looked after so the sown grasses dominate the any blackgrass about. Being an annual it won't like being grazed and trodden on a lot, but beware overgrazing and leaving bare patches for blackgrass to seed into or grow out of from the seed bank. I would suggest the owner lets you farm it properly and cut or graze it hard/repeatedly for the next 4 years or he won't get the benefit of the break from arable.

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