SFI Seed Mixtures for NUM3:
Legume Fallow

Use these seed mixtures for nutrient management in soil by establishing legume fallow which produces areas of flowering plants from late spring and during the summer months on land entered into the NUM3 SFI action.

For more information about the application of these SFI seed mixtures or to place an order, please call 01233 720871 or email Andrew Bourne or Anelia Clarkson.

NUM3 | 6 Month Term, Spring Sown, Not Frost Tolerant

50% | 10kg/ha | VETCH

15% | 3kg/ha | LINSEED

15% | 3kg/ha | BUCKWHEAT

7.5% | 1.5kg/ha | CRIMSON CLOVER

7.5% | 1.5kg/ha | BERSEEM CLOVER

5% | 1kg/ha | PHACELIA

100% | 20kg

SOWING RATE: 20kg/ha

SFI PAYMENT: £593/ha

KEY BENEFITS: Improves soil fertility, structure, and levels of organic matter. Supports nitrogen fixation. Provides potential for a reduction in nitrogen leaching into groundwater during winter and spring. Helps to reduce water runoff.

CONSIDERATIONS:

Growers should consider the impact these mixtures will have on their pulse/legume crop rotation.

Legume fallows cannot be silaged/cut or grazed.

Management of blackgrass and grass weeds throughout the mix/crop establishment, growers to be mindful when selecting fields for this scheme.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SFI GUIDANCE:

You must avoid growing deep rooted legumes, such as lucerne, on any area within a land parcel that contains historic or archaeological features identified in your SFI HEFER. Read the information about historic and archaeological features, including Scheduled Monuments to find out more about the SFI HEFER.

You can apply for this action on either the total SFI available area in each land parcel shown in your SFI application, or part of that area.

This action is rotational. You can do it on the same area of eligible land each year of your 3-year SFI agreement, or you can move the area each year.

You should not enter any area within a land parcel into this action that has peaty soil because this action could damage peat. Peaty soil means there’s around 20% or more organic matter to a depth of 40cm or more. The SOM test results from completing SAM1 will tell you if this is the case.

NUM3 | 1 Full Year Mix, Frost Hardy

50% | 10kg/ha | VETCH

7.5% | 1.5kg/ha | ALSIKE CLOVER

15% | 3kg/ha | RED CLOVER

15% | 3kg/ha | CRIMSON CLOVER

2.5% | 0.5kg/ha | BERSEEM CLOVER

2.5% | 0.5kg/ha | PHACELIA

2.5% | 0.5kg/ha | BIRDSFOOT TREFOIL

5% | 1kg/ha | VIRGO YELLOW TREFOIL

100% | 20kg

SOWING RATE: VARIABLE kg/ha

SFI PAYMENT: £593/ha

KEY BENEFITS: Improves soil fertility, structure, and levels of organic matter. Supports nitrogen fixation. Provides potential for a reduction in nitrogen leaching into groundwater during winter and spring. Helps to reduce water runoff.

CONSIDERATIONS:

Growers should consider the impact these mixtures will have on their pulse/legume crop rotation.

Legume fallows cannot be silaged/cut or grazed.

Management of blackgrass and grass weeds throughout the mix/crop establishment, growers to be mindful when selecting fields for this scheme.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SFI GUIDANCE:

You must avoid growing deep rooted legumes, such as lucerne, on any area within a land parcel that contains historic or archaeological features identified in your SFI HEFER. Read the information about historic and archaeological features, including Scheduled Monuments to find out more about the SFI HEFER.

You can apply for this action on either the total SFI available area in each land parcel shown in your SFI application, or part of that area.

This action is rotational. You can do it on the same area of eligible land each year of your 3-year SFI agreement, or you can move the area each year.

You should not enter any area within a land parcel into this action that has peaty soil because this action could damage peat. Peaty soil means there’s around 20% or more organic matter to a depth of 40cm or more. The SOM test results from completing SAM1 will tell you if this is the case.

NUM3 | 2 - 3 Year Mix

52% | 10.4kg/ha | VETCH

16% | 3.2kg/ha | LUCERNE

7% | 1.4kg/ha | ROZETA RED CLOVER

10% | 2kg/ha | ALSIKE CLOVER

5% | 1kg/ha | BIRDSFOOT TREFOIL

5% | 1kg/ha | CRIMSON CLOVER

5% | 1kg/ha | RED CLOVER

100% | 20kg

SOWING RATE: VARIABLE kg/ha

SFI PAYMENT: £593/ha

KEY BENEFITS: Improves soil fertility, structure, and levels of organic matter. Supports nitrogen fixation. Provides potential for a reduction in nitrogen leaching into groundwater during winter and spring. Helps to reduce water runoff.

CONSIDERATIONS:

Growers should consider the impact these mixtures will have on their pulse/legume crop rotation.

Legume fallows cannot be silaged/cut or grazed.

Management of blackgrass and grass weeds throughout the mix/crop establishment, growers to be mindful when selecting fields for this scheme.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM SFI GUIDANCE:

You must avoid growing deep rooted legumes, such as lucerne, on any area within a land parcel that contains historic or archaeological features identified in your SFI HEFER. Read the information about historic and archaeological features, including Scheduled Monuments to find out more about the SFI HEFER.

You can apply for this action on either the total SFI available area in each land parcel shown in your SFI application, or part of that area.

This action is rotational. You can do it on the same area of eligible land each year of your 3-year SFI agreement, or you can move the area each year.

You should not enter any area within a land parcel into this action that has peaty soil because this action could damage peat. Peaty soil means there’s around 20% or more organic matter to a depth of 40cm or more. The SOM test results from completing SAM1 will tell you if this is the case.

NUM3: Legume Fallow FAQs

What is the aim of the NUM3 SFI action?

This action’s aim is that there’s a legume fallow that produces areas of flowering plants from late spring and during the summer months.

The purpose of this is to manage nutrient efficiency and improve soil health. Provide food for farmland wildlife, such as pollen and nectar for pollinators and farmland birds. Support an IPM approach by reducing grass weeds and, if located close to cropped areas, encourage natural crop pest predators.

What land is eligible for NUM3 SFI applications?

You can do this action on eligible agricultural land located below the moorland line.

You can apply for this action on either the total SFI available area in each land parcel shown in your SFI application, or part of that area.

This action is rotational. You can do this action on the same area of eligible land for the duration of your 3-year SFI agreement, or you can move the area each year.

You should not enter any area within a land parcel into this action that has peaty soil because this action could damage peat. Peaty soil means there’s around 20% or more organic matter to a depth of 40cm or more. The SOM test results from completing SAM1 will tell you if this is the case.

Where is best to establish and maintain AHL1 Pollen and nectar flower mix on my land?

You must establish and maintain blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix on land entered into this action.

Once established, you must maintain the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar mix. To do this, you must manage them in a way that could reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

You must not do the following on the blocks or strips of pollen and nectar mix once they’re established. Cut or graze them with livestock in a way that means this action’s aim cannot reasonably be achieved. Apply any fertilisers or manures. Or use pesticides, except for herbicides to weed wipe or spot treat for the control of injurious weeds, invasive non-native species, nettles, or bracken.

How do I complete the AHL1 SFI action?

It’s up to you how you complete this action, as long as you do it in a way that can reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

You may find it helpful to read the voluntary guidance on how to establish and maintain blocks or strips of pollen and nectar flower mix, but you do not have to follow it.

What evidence should I keep to prove I have completed AHL1 SFI action?

You should keep evidence to show what you’ve done to complete this action. This will help if it’s not clear that you’ve completed the action in a way that could reasonably be expected to achieve this action’s aim.

This evidence could include photographs and other documentation to show what you’ve done to complete this action. It could also include field operations at a land parcel level and associated invoices. If you choose to take photographs, read the guidance on how to take photographic evidence for SFI actions.

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