Below are the latest key dates for BPS 2019. These dates are to help farmers stay compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements in England.
1 January 2019
You must start following the rules in the cross compliance 2019 guide from this date. The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 year starts.
You can apply organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on shallow or sandy soils from this date if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions for application of these manures. (SMR 1)
Beginning of the year for assessing the annual amount of livestock manure applied to your land. (SMR 1)
You can apply manufactured nitrogen fertilisers to grassland and tillage land from this date if conditions are suitable. (SMR 1)
You can apply organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on all soil types from this date if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions for application of these manures. (SMR 1)
End of the quantity restrictions for application of organic manures with a high readily available nitrogen content. (SMR 1)
You must not cut or trim hedges or trees from this date, but you can carry out hedge and tree coppicing and hedge laying from 1 March until 30 April. Fruit and nut trees in orchards, or trees acting as windbreaks in orchards, vineyards, hop yards or hop gardens are not included in the ban. (GAEC 7a and 7c)
BPS application window opens online. Application submission deadline 15 May (without penalty).
If you hold a water abstraction licence, expect to receive your annual bill (or first part charge if you hold a two-part tariff agreement) for the forthcoming financial year. (GAEC 2)
You must not burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land, other than in upland areas, from this date. (GAEC 6)
If you hold a winter or all year round water abstraction licence (authorising abstraction outside the period April to October), the Environment Agency will make actual abstraction return forms available to you from 1 April. You then have 28 days to send your readings to the Environment Agency. (GAEC 2)
You must not burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium in upland areas from this date. (GAEC 6)
You must have recorded the number of ‘specified’ livestock kept on your farm during the previous calendar year and calculated the amount of nitrogen they produced. You must also record the number and type of livestock in a building or hardstanding during the previous storage period. (SMR 1)
You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC7a and 7c)
Entitlement and land transfers must by completed by 15 May.
If your land was in a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) for the first time in 2017, you must meet all the NVZ rules from this date. (SMR 1)
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