Muddying the waters references.

“Because the current government dropped the conditions. Sorry, not just dropped them. It issued – wait for it – a specific exemption for maize cultivation from all soil conservation measures(11). It’s hard to get your head round this. The crop which causes most floods and does most damage to soils is the only one which is completely unregulated.”

The reference from (

11. Defra and Rural Payments Agency, December 2013. The Guide to Cross Compliance
in England 2014: complete edition. See Page 18.

And the page from the The Guide to Cross Compliance

“When completing, updating and implementing your SPR 2010:

D. You must

  1. use the continuation sheet for your 2014 annual review;
  2. do so in accordance with the instructions given in the SPR 2010 and the Cross Compliance Guidance for Soil Management 2010 edition. Use either the SPR 2010 template, including the continuation sheet for 2014, or give the same information in a similar format;
  3. take into account any specific guidance that the Secretary of State may give you;
  4. comply with any written directions that the Secretary of State may give you about the management of your soils.

Post-harvest management of land

If your land has carried a crop of oil-seeds, grain legumes or cereals (other than maize) which has been harvested by either combine harvester or mower, then:

E. You must

1. meet one of the following conditions on that land from the first day after harvest until the last day of February in the following year (dates inclusive):

• •

• •

the stubble of the harvested crop remains in the land;

the land is left with a rough surface following operations such as ploughing, discing or tine cultivation;

the land is under cultivation sequences used to create stale seedbeds;

the land is sown with a temporary cover crop. If this becomes grazed out or cultivated out during the post-harvest period, a rough surface must be left as soon as conditions permit;

the land is sown with a crop within 10 days of having been prepared as a seedbed.

You will
seedbed but are unable to sow the crop within 10 days because the land is too waterlogged to access or because severe weather conditions make this impractical. In either case, the land must be sown as soon as practical.

Waterlogged2 land

F. You must

  1. record any activity on waterlogged land when you carry out any mechanical field operations such as harvesting crops, or using motorised vehicles, except:
    • where the area of waterlogged land is within 20 metres of a gateway or other access point;
    • access is required to an area of land that is not waterlogged;
    • the area is an established track to land that is not waterlogged;
  2. take action to remediate any damage caused by accessing waterlogged land, if appropriate, as soon as possible within 12 months of the first month of access to the waterlogged land. You must also record access as soon as possible after the event in the Access to Waterlogged Land section of the SPR 2010 and record any action you have taken to remediate damage from the access.

2 Normal common sense definitions of ‘waterlogged’ apply. For example, soil will be considered to be waterlogged where the whole of the plough layer is saturated/filled with water by virtue of a high water table or water collected (perched) above a compacted soil. ”


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