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Enviromental Stewardship


Harlow Agricultural Merchants Ltd supply a wide range of mixture to suit the New CSS (Countryside Steward Ship) Mid-Tier & Higher Tier scheme. We also still have suitable mixture for anyone still on the old ELS (Entry Level Stewardship) & HLS Schemes (High Level Stewardship) scheme. Please talk to one of our friendly member of staff for help with you selection.

CCS Code = Countryside Stewardship Scheme


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Wild Bird Seed Mixtures - Spring & Autumn Sown Mixtures

WBS 1 – 1 Year Spring Sown

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley 
White Millet 
Red Millet 
White Mustard 
Fodder Radish

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

WBS 2 – 1-2 Year Spring Sown

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley 
Spring wheat 
Kale 
Fodder Radish 
White Millet 
Quinoa 
Red Millet 

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

WBS 3 – 1 Year Spring Sown

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Triticale 
Spring Barley 
Spring Wheat 
White Mustard 
Linseed 
Forage Rape

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

WBS 4 – 1 Year Spring Sown 

(CCS Code AB9)

Spring Barley 
Spring Wheat 
Spring Triticale 
Spring Wheat 
Dwarf Sorghum 
White Millet 
Linseed 
Japanese Red Millet 
Red Millet 
Gold of Pleasure

Sowing Rate 40kg/ha 
Pack size 20kg

Nectar Rich Mixtures

Pollen & Nectar with Grass

(CSS Code AB3, GS14)

Meadow Fescue
Tall Oat Grass
Cocksfoot
Timothy
Tall Fescue
Sainfoin
Birdsfoot trefoil
Alsike Clover
Winter Vetch
Creeping Red Fescue
Hard fescue
Red Clover
Black Medick
Black Knapweed
Musk Mallow
Ox-eye Daisy
Yarrow
Sheeps Burnet

Sowing Rate 20kg/ha
Pack size 10kg

BGM 4 with Wildflowers & Fine Grass

(CCS Code AB8)

Chewing’s Fescue
Slender Red Fescue
Creeping Red Fescue
Hard Fescue
Smoothed Stalked Meadow Grass
Browntop Bentgrass
Crested Dogtail
Sainfoin
Bidsfoot Trefoil
Black Medick
Red Clover
Ox-eye Daisy
Wild Carrot
Black knapweed
Yarrow
Self Heal

Sowing Rate 16-20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

Flower Rich Margin Mixture

(CSS Code AB8)


Slender Red Fescue
SSMG
Hard Fescue
Crested Dogstail
Chewings Fescues
Small Cats Tail
Browntop Bentgrass
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Black Medick
Sainfoin
Winter Vetch
Red Clover
Black Knapweed
Oxeye Daisy
Ribwort Plantain
Self Heal
Yarrow
Wild Carrot
Yellow Rattle
Meadow Buttercup
Lady’s Bedstraw


Sowing Rate 16-20kg/ha
Pack size 20kg

Butterfly & Bumblebee Mixture

(CSS Code AB8, H10)

Creep Red Fescue 
Hard Fescue 
Sheeps Fescue 
Browntop Bent 
SSMG 
Lucerne 
Rough Stalked Meadow Grass 
Yorkshire Fog 
Kidney Vetch 
Tufted Hair Grass 
Birdsfoot Trefoil 
Agrimony 
Winter Vetch 
Ribwort Plantain 
Sheeps Sorrel 
Red Clover 
Alsike Clover 
Goats Rue 
Phacelia 
Field Pansy 
Betony 
Ox-eye Daisy 
Wild Carrot

Sowing Rate 16kg/ha 
Pack size 1kg

Nectar Rich Bronze

(CSS Code AB1)

Sainfoin
Winter Vetch
Crimson Clover
Alsike Clover
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Red Clover
Lucerne

Sowing Rate 12kg/ha
Pack size 12kg

Nectar Rich Gold

(CSS Code AB1)

Sainfoin
Winter Vetch
Alsike Clover
Red Clover
Birdsfoot trefoil
Lucerne
Black Knapweed
Musk Mallow

Sowing Rate 12kg/ha
Pack size 12kg

WF1

(CSS Code EE12, HE10)

Sainfoin
Red Clover
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Yarrow
Winter vetch
Black knapweed
Lucerne
Alsike Clover
Black Medick
Ox-eye Daisy
Meadow Buttercup
Red Campion
Selfheal
Wild Carrot
Lady’s Bedstraw
Field poppy
Salad Burnet
Suckling Clover

Sowing Rate 5 -10kg/ha
Pack size 1kg

Buffer Strip Mixtures

BGM 1 with Cocksfoot


Hard Fescue
Creeping red Fescue
Cocksfoot
Timothy
Tall Fescue

Sowing Rate 20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

BGM 2 No Cocksfoot


Hard Fescue
Creeping red Fescue
Chewing’s fescue
Timothy
Tall Fescue

Sowing Rate 20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

BGM 3 with Cocksfoot & Clover

Hard Fescue
Creeping red Fescue
Cocksfoot
Timothy
Tall Fescue
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Small White Clove

Sowing Rate 20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

BGM 4 with Wildflowers & Fine Grass

(CCS Code AB8)

Chewing’s Fescue
Slender Red Fescue
Creeping Red Fescue
Hard Fescue
Smoothed Stalked Meadow Grass
Browntop Bentgrass
Crested Dogtail
Sainfoin
Bidsfoot Trefoil
Black Medick
Red Clover
Ox-eye Daisy
Wild Carrot
Black knapweed
Yarrow
Self Heal

Sowing Rate16kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

BGM 5 with Ryegrass

Italian Ryegrass
Inter Perennial Ryegrass
Late Perennial Ryegrass


Sowing Rate 35kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

Legume Fallow Mixture – 2 Year

(CSS Code: AB15)

Late Perennial Ryegrass
Red Clover
Winter Vetch
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Black Knapweed


Sowing Rate 30-40kg/ha
Pack size 20kg

Species-Rich Grass (SRG)


Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
Creeping Red Fescue
Meadow Fescue
Browntop Bent
Sheeps Fescue
Hard Fescue
Crested Dogstail

Sowing Rate 16- 20kg/ha
Pack Size 20kg

Species-Rich Wild Flowers – (Natives)

Black Medick (N)
Black Knapweed (N)
Self Heal (N)
Ribwort Plantain (N)
Ox-eye Daisy (N)
Common Sorrel (N)
Red Campion (N)
Field Scabious (N)
Meadow Vetchling (N)
Ragged Robin (N)
Yellow Rattle (N)
Field Scabious (N)
Lady’s Bedstraw (N)
Yarrow(N)

Options Available:

100% Wild Flowers 

95% SRG 5% Wild Flowers

90% SRG 10% Wild Flowers

85% SRG 15% Wild Flowers

Cover Crop / Catch Crop

Your Cover Crop can consist of a single crop or be used as a mixture.

Choosing the correct species is key when it comes to a cover crop. Think about what you are trying to achieve weather its soil conditioning, drying out wet fields or putting back organic matter back into the soil. Also think about what's in the rotation for example having Brassica to close in a rotation could increase your risk of club root developing.

Harlow Agricultural Merchants can advise and help you make bespoke mixture tailored to your needs.

 

 

Benefits of a Covers / Catch Crop

  • Weed suppressant
  • Longer work windows
  • Improved soil structure
  • Increased soil organic matter
  • Improved nutrient efficiency
  • Key part of an integrated rotation
  • Reduced fertiliser losses / leaching
  • Compliance with greening regulations
  • Can be used as part as your Integrated Pest Management

Cover Crops Species (Non EFA)

Triticale
Barley
Oats
Niger
Phacelia
Mustard
Vetch
Oil Radish
Clover
Buckwheat
Borage

EFA Compliant Species

Barley
Oats
Forage Rye
Phacelia
Mustard
Vetch
Fodder Radish
Ryegrass

EFA Winter Cover Crops (CCS SW6)

Requirements for Mid-Tier or Higher Tier Option

This option cannot be used from 1 January 2019, on land already receiving funding for Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) declared for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

Establish a quick-growing cover crop by 15th September that will provide a dense cover and protect the land from soil erosion and runoff
Destroy the cover crop in late January or early February, a maximum of 6 weeks before establishing the following spring crop. When weather conditions delay establishment of a spring crop, the cover crop can be left until mid-March.

Do not: Apply any fertilisers or manures

Key Points

  • Cover Crops Establish by 15th September, This is so it can take up soil nitrate before winter drainage or water leaches below the depth of the developing plant.
  • You can establish you Cover or Catch crop by drilling or broadcasting but a suitable sowing rate should be used to provide a dense cover and protect from soil erosion and maintain soil structure.
  • Cover Crop should be destroy in late January or February, before it is too well developed (if left too late nitrate leaching may increase the following winter)
  • You can use glyphosate to help with the destruction prior to cultivations

**Update from BPS for 2018 ** Complete ban of plant protection products on Ecological Focus Area (EFA) Fallow land, EFA Catch and Cover Crops and EFA Nitrogen-Fixing crops.


To find out latest and most up to date information regarding EFA Cover Crops please visit:

www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants/winter-cover-crops-sw6

EFA Catch Crops

EFA catch crops must be maintained for a minimum of 8 weeks starting on 20 August and must be retained until at least 14 October. The period for EFA cover crops remains at 1 October to 15 January of the following year.

Do not: Apply any fertilisers or manures

Key Points

  • Catch Crops Establish by 20th August and must be retained until at least 14th October.
  • You can establish you Cover or Catch crop by drilling or broadcasting but a suitable sowing rate should be used to provide a dense cover and protect from soil erosion and maintain soil structure.

**Update from BPS for 2018 ** Complete ban of plant protection products on Ecological Focus Area (EFA) Fallow land, EFA Catch and Cover Crops and EFA Nitrogen-Fixing crops.

For the latest up-to-date information regarding EFA's Please Visit:

www.gov.uk/cap-reform