Fixed-term projects 2022 - Round 1 (SCM Future Option to Supply)

This event collected "Option to supply prices" from land managers who were willing to establish cover crops, arable reversion and watercourse fencing in the Parrett catchment. The options were collated and will be taken forward as bids into the first full Market Round. If these bids are successful the minimum prices offered will at least match the options to supply price.


Introduction

EnTrade ran two parallel events to offer payments to farmers to temporarily revert their arable and maize fields to grassland (up to end March 2025, 2026 or 2027), to establish over-winter cover crops (post-harvest 2022) or install livestock exclusion fencing along watercourses. This is part of a process of reducing the amount of phosphorus flowing into the Somerset Levels and Moors.

The event described on this site was an "Option to supply event" which will be taken forward to the permanent credit market event later this year. The other event, being run for Wessex Water, can be found on the Market Events page.

The terms for these contracts will be more flexible than Countryside Stewardship (see project specifications in the downloads section) and still give the option for attractive payment rates.

This bidding window ran util 9th March 2022

Get ready to bid

We ran series of webinars to explain the opportunity and how to use the EnTrade platform to make bids. Follow the link below to access a recording:

Webinar Recording, 23 February 2022

Bidding is done via EnTrade's online platform. This allows you to register basic information about yourself and your farm. You can then choose the correct market event ("SCM Fixed Term 2022 - Round 1") and enter the bidding phase. This is done by selecting which project type you wish to bid for and drawing locations of where you would like to place projects. You also set the price you want to be paid.

For Arable Reversion bids, you have the option of entering a basic bid (for smaller areas, where a lower price might be acceptable) and an extension bid (where a larger area might be entered, subject to receiving a higher payment rate).

Maps on the platform will show you exactly which fields are located within the target areas (see Location map below for guidance). We cannot fund projects outside these target areas.

At the end of the bidding period, we will confirm the "Option to Supply" price tat you have offered and will take forward into the permanent credit event on your behalf.

More details on the event are included in the webinar slide pack, available from the Download section at the bottom of this page.

Location

We will fund arable reversion (including buffer strips) and cover crops on heavy soils and livestock exclusion fencing along watercourses in the shaded areas of the maps below (these are zoom-able)

Project requirements

We are offering funding for three measures in the locations in the map above. These are:

  • Arable reversion (including new/extended buffer strips), on soils that are not free draining

  • Cover crops over winter, on soils that are not free draining

  • Livestock exclusion fencing, on fields alongside watercourses

Full details of each of the measures offered are shown in the Downloads section below, but general requirements are shown below.

Arable Reversion

  • Zero fertiliser input, or low input of K and N containing fertilisers (no manures)

  • Sow a basic grass mix

  • At least one cut of hay or silage per year required

  • No grazing apart from light grazing by sheep in winter

  • Establishment by 30th September 2022 or grow a cover crop in winter 2022/23 and establish grass in spring 2023 (this could facilitate some black grass control prior to establishment of grass)

Cover Crops

Post-harvest cover crops must be established by 15th September, if following cereals, or by 15th October, if following maize. Cover crops established by undersowing of maize must be sown by 10th July.

Basic cover crop mixes are acceptable (ie more flexible than under Stewardship) and our payment can be in addition to any payment you claim for cover cropping under the soils component of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI).

Watercourse fencing

Must be installed before 30 September and maintained for 10 years. Additional payments (based on Arable Reversion area payments) may be offered if the fence is positioned > 6m from the top of the watercourse bank and takes more land out of production than currently.


Downloads

Arable Reversion - zero input

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Arable Reversion - low input

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Cover crops - after combinable crops

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Cover crops - after maize

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Cover crops - undersown maize

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Watercourse fencing

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Webinar slides

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Platform bidding and settlement guide

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