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ELS MARCH – NO MORE HEDGE OR DITCH BANK CUTTING. You may still cut 6m grass buffer strips but ONLY if they contain some flowers. Wild bird seed mixes (EF2) can now be flailed off and the ground cultivated. Unfertilised cereal headlands (EF9) – broad leaf weed control can be carried out until 31st March but ONLY with amidosulfuron. Grass weeds can be controlled anytime using only the products list in the handbook. Unharvested cereal headlands (EF10) – can now be cut down and returned to the rotation. Uncropped, cultivated areas for ground-nesting birds (EF13) – rough cultivated area should be created by 20th March. Low input grassland (EK2 and EK3) – 31st March last opportunity to cut, harrow or roll before the summer. Supplementary Feeding (EF23) – you must keep feeding until 31st March

MID-TIER CS MARCH – NO MORE HEDGE OR DITCH BANK CUTTING. Nectar flower mix (AB1) – if you haven’t done so already then these must be cut down before 30th March (and ideally cuttings removed or shredded). Nesting plots for lapwing and stone curlew (AB5) – plot must be cultivated by 20th March. Flower-rich margins and plots (AB8) - If plant growth is more than 15cm in height before 31 March, cut it (and remove if dense) to achieve a plant height of between 5cm and 10cm. Supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds (AB12) – you must keep feeding until 30th April 

Game crop advisory visits – if you would like an advisory visit please contact us asap as our diaries are filling up fast!

Spring Newsletter – if you haven’t received your 2018 Oakbank Magazine (complete with Product Guide) or would like additional copies to give to your friends/colleagues, please let us know! 

Perennial Crops – check all of your perennial crops this month to see whether they need any inputs/management. If you are not sure what you are looking for please check with us before doing anything drastic! Miscanthus – we are lifting rhizomes at the moment and putting them into cold store. If you are thinking of planting any miscanthus this season, then please get your order in asap. Planting time is not until mid-April but lifting will have been finished by then so we won’t be able to lift to order.