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Cover Crops

The use of COVER CROPS in arable rotations is becoming increasingly important. Incorporating Cover Crops into good cropping systems has many benefits to the farmer and for the environment.

  • Reduces the leaching of soil nutrients such as nitrogen
  • Improves soil structure for future cropping
  • Helps to increase the soil fauna (beneficial soil insects etc.)
  • Benefit from substantial payments in sowing Cover Crops

  • Due to the variability of farmer requirements in the U.K. we hold stocks of: Stubble turnips, forage rape, forage mustard, forage rye and are also able to produce complex mixtures to your requirements.

    Do I Need A Derogation?

    Organic farmers need derogations for seed which is less than 100% Organic.

    Due to a UK and Irish shortage of organic grass seed, mixtures for 2020 will be produced at 50% Organic.

    The table oposite shows derogation information for the UK for 2020.

    Rebublic of Ireland customers please consult your certificate provider before purchase

    Did You Know...

    The majority of the leys we market are based on the outstanding and consistently reliable Aberystwyth-bred varieties. Compared with other varieties on the Recomended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL) and on the Teagas recomended list, many of the Aberystwyth varieties are higher yielding with superior D-values.

    To learn more about the importance of D-value to your profitability, take a look at our information video.

    Helping Bees

    Bees have been around for over 30 million years and are important pollinators of a wide range of agricultural crops.

    Whilst the decline in the honey bee population has received much press coverage, there are many other types of bee - including bumble bees and over 200 species of solitary bees - that also need our help.

    Many farmers are now planting ouer specialist Flower Rich environmental mixtures to provide habitat and foraging sites for invertebrates, including our lovely bees.

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