3 crop rule

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  1. John kverneland

    John kverneland Well-Known Member

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    Is it time for this abomination to go for good? With the way the weather has gone this year? There wasnt much chance to get winter crops in last autumn and now we are facing a wet spring. It's getting late for beans again. Looking piss poor conditions up to paddys day. What's your opinions on it?
     
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  2. CORK

    CORK Well-Known Member

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    It’s a ridiculous rule for a diverse country like Ireland.

    It might have some place on the plains of East Germany or Poland.

    Stupid stupid stupid.
     
  3. MF30

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    The problem with it is that if the rule is scrapped those that hold the powers will find another rule equally if not more stupid for us to bow to.
    Time for an intelligence upgrade in their think tank.
     
  4. Blackwater boy

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    The acreage that determines whether you need 2 or 3 crops is far too low, somthing like 80 acres plus for 2 crops and 200 plus for 3 would make more sence. I don’t fully disagree with the model but 1 of the crops should be at a small % and be a compulsory break crop such as oats, beans, rape, maize, beet, spuds etc.
    From a soil and grass weed point of view....
     
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    The only monoculture on this Island is PRG, how anyone can think that 37 acres of cereals anywhere in Ireland is monoculture?
    As usual the dep. work there best to destroy mixed farming, there is no reason grass is not included as 1 of the crops.
     
  6. Paw

    Paw Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely right, although knowing where to set the bar is a problem. The parents crop enough to qualify for the 3 crop rule but their neighbours can have blocks of single crop bigger than their farm because the neighbours are farming so much more land.
     
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    nashmach Well-Known Member

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    What ever about the general aspects of the rules which are well covered above, wouldn't it be about time our own Department came out and said what the requirements were for the "derogation" this year.

    I think we are very likely to see more of this redtape in the next CAP with environmental measures linked to acreage and crops (e.g. more cover cropping for spring crops).
     
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