GLAS choices are attractive
All tillage farmers should consider GLAS. Farmers with over 30ha of tillage will be in tier 1, which will basically ensure priority access to GLAS.
Up to €5,000 per year for five years is available. Various options can be chosen. Full details can be found on the Department website.
It is worth noting that some options can deliver significant returns in easily managed situations and in land areas that struggle to give any financial return. Arable grass margins of 6m widths can yield the equivalent of €472/ac.
This is significantly better than most projected cereal margins next autumn. There are also ideal options for green cover and cover crops that can yield up to €155/ha up to a maximum of 30ha, or €4,650. Additional options are also available such as min till (up to €1,200), planting and laying of hedgerows and bird boxes.
Farmers considering GLAS should get relevant advice from qualified and experienced advisors.
It is difficult to beat experience when deciding on a future programme. Be sure of your obligations as you will have to live with them for five years.
Pollination and wild flowers
Pollinating insects are essential for crop production. Numbers of pollinating insects have been reducing over the last number of years.