Grain growers call for an extension to GLAS cover crop deadline
The Irish Grain Growers Association (IGGA) has called for an extension to September 15 deadline for sowing catch crops under the GLAS.
The organisation representing tillage farmers has urged the relevant parties to consider extending the deadline by two weeks due to unfavourable weather conditions in recent weeks.
A spokesperson for the organisation said the weather has delayed the harvest of spring barley, oilseed rape and winter wheat crops on many farms.
And as a result, farmers plans to sow catch crops under the scheme have been delayed and many will struggle to have the crop sown before next Thursday’s deadline (September 15).
The group believe the two-week extension is reasonable as pushing it out any further would reduce the catch crop benefits of growing the catch crop to both the soil and the farmer.
Requirements of catch crop cultivation
Farmers who plan to sow catch crops under the Department of Agriculture’s GLAS scheme are required to do so by September 15, using light cultivation techniques and by either broadcasting or drilling the seed.
According to the Department, farmers are required to grow a minimum area of 10ha (priority action) or 4ha (general action) under the scheme.