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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)

 

16 January

You can apply manufactured nitrogen fertilisers to grassland and tillage land from this date if conditions are suitable. (SMR 1)

 

1 February

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)

 

28 February

End of the quantity restrictions for application of organic manures with a high readily available nitrogen content. (SMR 1)

 

1 March

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)

 

31 March

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)

 

 

  • GAEC 2: Water abstraction
  • GAEC 6: Maintaining the level of organic matter in soil
  • GAEC 7a: Boundaries
  • GAEC 7c: Trees
  • SMR 1: Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs)

 

 

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