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Richard Hackett: Whataboutery and whingeing over nitrates regulations won’t do us any favours

Tillage farmers have to abide by the new measures, if only to put pressure on other industries and sectors of society

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Regulation: There is now a requirement to stubble-cultivate all tillage land within 14 days of harvesting a crop to stimulate weeds and volunteers

Regulation: There is now a requirement to stubble-cultivate all tillage land within 14 days of harvesting a crop to stimulate weeds and volunteers

Regulation: There is now a requirement to stubble-cultivate all tillage land within 14 days of harvesting a crop to stimulate weeds and volunteers

The new nitrates regulations will affect how tillage farmers go about our business in the weeks ahead as we harvest the 2022 crop and begin planning go for the 2023 crop.

The regulations are in place primarily to improve water quality. We can argue, with some validity, that agriculture is not the only factor in deteriorating water quality, and tillage production achieves levels of nutrient efficiency that other sectors can only dream of.


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