Three crop rule

Commenting on his decision to seek derogation from implementing the crop diversification/three crop rule in Scotland for the 2018 scheme year, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:


Wed, 11 Apr 2018


Scottish Government

“The prolonged harvest and on-going wet conditions had a serious knock on effect on cereal farmers ability to sow planned crops. This has already seen a reduction of around 20% of winter crops being established and significant delays for cereal farmers in sowing spring crops. This has immediately reduced options available to meet the three crop rule for Scotland’s cereal farmers.

“Given the on-going weather conditions, it will require a period of continuous dry weather to allow spring planting to move forward. As such, I can confirm that I have written to Commissioner Hogan seeking a one season derogation from the three crop rule. This is a sensible approach, which if agreed by the EU, would provide some much needed relief to farmers across Scotland.”


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