Winter cover crops benefits explained at free meetings

Cover crops are a hot topic with farmers considering them as a way of meeting ecological focus area requirements.
Cover crops are a hot topic with farmers considering them as a way of meeting ecological focus area requirements.

Farmers from the Whitby district can learn about the benefits of winter cover crops at two free events being held by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE).

The first event is on Monday 23 November at Manor Farm in Kelfield, near York, by kind permission of Richard Bramley. This event will look at the different cover crops used on the farm, establishment techniques and the benefits they are having for the farm business and environment.

The second event is on Thursday 26 November at Scalla Moor Farm, Westow, by kind permission of Russell Wagstaff. This will look at how the farm is using cover crops, with the farms agronomist, Andrew Fisher explaining the benefits as well as the pit falls.

Fraser Hugill, regional coordinator for CFE Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Cover crops are a hot topic at the moment with farmers considering them as a way of meeting their ecological focus area requirements. These events will look at what cover crops have to offer in addition to meeting EFA rules.”

Contact Sarah Maughan at CFE Yorkshire and the North East by text or call on 07432 562198 or email yorkshirenortheast@cfeonline.org.uk to book a place.