Arable reversion and cover crops are effective at reducing phosphorus loads.
EnTrade, a Wessex Water company, is seeking to pay farmers to temporarily revert their arable fields to grassland (up to end March 2025) or to establish over-winter cover crops (in autumn 2021). This is part of a process of reducing the amount of phosphorus flowing into the Somerset Levels and Moors.
The Somerset Catchment Market have appointed EnTrade to manage bids in this application round, who are experienced in nutrient management. EnTrade can provide you with the information and support you need to develop effective arable reversion and cover crops and be paid to create and maintain them.
This bidding window runs until 16th August 2021. You can amend or withdraw your proposals at any time on the EnTrade platform up to that date.
We will fund arable reversion and cover crops in the area on the map shown below. If you are not sure if your land is within the area please get in touch.
We are offering funding for two measures in the locations in the map above. These are:
Cover crops over winter
Full details of each of measures offered are shown in the Downloads section below, but general requirements are shown below.
Zero or low input of phosphate containing fertilisers and manures
Sow a basic grass mix
At least one cut of hay or silage per year required
Establishment by 30th September 2021 or grow a cover crop in winter 2021/22 and establish grass in spring 2022 (this could facilitate some black grass control prior to establishment of grass)
Bonus payment for planting of cover crop in autumn prior to establishment (if grass seeding is delayed until spring).
Cover crops must be established by 15th September if following cereals and by 15th of October if following maize.
How To Participate
EnTrade’s market platform allows you to bid the price you want to be paid for actions on the fields that you specify. You can alter this bid at any point during the open period for the auction.