Ministers have decided to make changes to the management of EFA fallow for BPS 2018 and later years.
The summary of the changes are that you can only sow grass if required by an agri-environmental scheme option.
There is to be no manure or fertiliser applied; and no cultivation for weed control (topping of green cover is allowed). These changes apply within the EFA fallow period – 1 January to 30 June. RPA will carry out more EFA fallow checks by physical inspections. For the full set of rules on EFA fallow for 2018 please refer to the 2018 BPS handbook when it is published in February.