Integrated Crop Management Plan

curlietailz

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So just to be clear.... because the Red Tractor Standards aren’t clear...... ICM is a whole farm approach encompassing IPM, Soil management plan, sustainability audit, carbon audit, seed varieties strategy, crop rotation strategy, and “other”. ??
 

curlietailz

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Arable Farmer
Location
Sedgefield
From the DEFRA site


Integrated Crop Management (CPA Leaflet)
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What is Integrated Crop Management?

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ICM is a method of farming that balances the requirements of running a profitable business with responsibility and sensitivity to the environment. it includes practices that avoid waste, enhance energy efficiency and minimise pollution. For many farmers or growers adoption of ICM involves some changes to existing practice. However, for the producer it must ensure a continuing living, and for the consumer a continued supply of affordable, quality produce.
ICM combines the best of modern technology with some basic principles of good framing practice. ICM is a whole farm, long term strategy. It can not be applied to one crop, or one field, or one season. Although primarily concerned with crop production, livestock management is equally important on mixed farms (Integrated Farming Systems) because livestock are consumers of crops and providers of organic nutrients.
By careful assessment, monitoring and planning, natural resources can be used fully and supplemented where necessary with inputs such as fertilisers and crop protection products. Maintenance and enhancement of landscape features and wildlife habitats are also important.
As ICM involves the whole farm and is site specific, there are no hard and fast rules about how to achieve this. individual farms differ in many ways: location, climate, soil type, cropping pattern, to name a few. However, amongst all this diversity, there are some general guidelines that can help all farmers and growers take practical steps to improve their management practices.
For everyone the process involves planning, taking action and monitoring the outcome.
 

DrWazzock

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
From the DEFRA site


Integrated Crop Management (CPA Leaflet)
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What is Integrated Crop Management?

ICM.jpg

ICM is a method of farming that balances the requirements of running a profitable business with responsibility and sensitivity to the environment. it includes practices that avoid waste, enhance energy efficiency and minimise pollution. For many farmers or growers adoption of ICM involves some changes to existing practice. However, for the producer it must ensure a continuing living, and for the consumer a continued supply of affordable, quality produce.
ICM combines the best of modern technology with some basic principles of good framing practice. ICM is a whole farm, long term strategy. It can not be applied to one crop, or one field, or one season. Although primarily concerned with crop production, livestock management is equally important on mixed farms (Integrated Farming Systems) because livestock are consumers of crops and providers of organic nutrients.
By careful assessment, monitoring and planning, natural resources can be used fully and supplemented where necessary with inputs such as fertilisers and crop protection products. Maintenance and enhancement of landscape features and wildlife habitats are also important.
As ICM involves the whole farm and is site specific, there are no hard and fast rules about how to achieve this. individual farms differ in many ways: location, climate, soil type, cropping pattern, to name a few. However, amongst all this diversity, there are some general guidelines that can help all farmers and growers take practical steps to improve their management practices.
For everyone the process involves planning, taking action and monitoring the outcome.
Crikey, how did we manage without all that? Presumably we weren’t sustainable for the first 400 years at the job.
 

Boysground

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
From the DEFRA site


Integrated Crop Management (CPA Leaflet)
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What is Integrated Crop Management?

ICM.jpg

ICM is a method of farming that balances the requirements of running a profitable business with responsibility and sensitivity to the environment. it includes practices that avoid waste, enhance energy efficiency and minimise pollution. For many farmers or growers adoption of ICM involves some changes to existing practice. However, for the producer it must ensure a continuing living, and for the consumer a continued supply of affordable, quality produce.
ICM combines the best of modern technology with some basic principles of good framing practice. ICM is a whole farm, long term strategy. It can not be applied to one crop, or one field, or one season. Although primarily concerned with crop production, livestock management is equally important on mixed farms (Integrated Farming Systems) because livestock are consumers of crops and providers of organic nutrients.
By careful assessment, monitoring and planning, natural resources can be used fully and supplemented where necessary with inputs such as fertilisers and crop protection products. Maintenance and enhancement of landscape features and wildlife habitats are also important.
As ICM involves the whole farm and is site specific, there are no hard and fast rules about how to achieve this. individual farms differ in many ways: location, climate, soil type, cropping pattern, to name a few. However, amongst all this diversity, there are some general guidelines that can help all farmers and growers take practical steps to improve their management practices.
For everyone the process involves planning, taking action and monitoring the outcome.

So basically the same as every farm has done for the last few thousand years.

@curlietailz thanks for the reminder my inspection is next week (y)

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Turnip

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Just completed online. Printed off 22 pages. Not very environmentally friendly !
At least it is a different format to previous years but still a lot of pointless questions.
Just out of interest as I haven’t done one of these, what are the pointless questions?
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



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