Arable reversion and cover crops are effective at reducing phosphorus loads.
EnTrade, a Wessex Water company, offered to pay farmers to temporarily revert their arable fields to grassland (up to end March 2025) or to establish over-winter cover crops after maize (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 appointed EnTrade to manage bids in this application round.
This bidding window ran until 17th September 2021.
We funded 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 offered funding for two measures in the locations in the map above. These were:
Cover crops over winter after maize
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 of October. Further details are shown in the full guidance which you can download below.
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.
To register for an account please click on the button below to create an account. Once you have created an account you can start to enter details about your fields ahead of any future market event.