Tillage Newsletter - January 2023
23 January 2023
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In this month's edition:
- CAN versus protected urea
There is increasing interest among tillage farmers in switching from CAN to protected urea this season. Based on current fertiliser prices, there are significant financial benefits to using protected urea. Currently protected urea costs 30% less than CAN. The environmental benefits of protected urea are well proven with lower nitrous oxide emissions than CAN, a reduction in ammonia emissions when compared to urea, and urea has lower levels of nitrate leaching compared to CAN.
- Nitrates Directive
There are a number of changes to the Nitrates Directive that will affect tillage farmers this spring. Some of the key changes for are included in the newsletter.
An increase in the protein payment, the high cost of fertiliser, and rotational benefits of beans are some of the reasons why the area of beans is expected to increase in 2023. In the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), protein aid has increased from €3m to €7m per annum. Depending on the area planted growers can expect to receive a protein payment of between €350 and €500/ha in 2023.
- CAP – direct payments
The new CAP starts in January 2023 and it brings with it some changes but also some similarity with the previous regime. It is crucial to make an early appointment with your advisor to ensure you can draw down your full payment.