Key dates


A reminder has been sent by the Farming Advice Service (FAS) to help you stay compliant with the cross compliance requirements. 
1 November
You can burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land, other than in upland areas, from this date. The burning season for land not within an upland area is 1 November to 31 March (and 1 October to 15 April for upland areas). (GAEC* 6)
30 November
If you have a two-part tariff agreement for your water abstraction licence, expect to receive your second part charge after 30 November. (GAEC 2)
1 December
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship 2022 payment window opens.
1 December
If you keep sheep and/or goats, you must carry out your annual count of the animals on you holding as of 1 December. You must submit this information by 31 December. You will receive a letter in November which tells you what to do. (SMR** 8)
31 December
End of the BPS 2022 scheme year.
In case you missed them…
15 October
For any land located in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ), this was the start of the closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland on soils that are not shallow or sandy. (SMR 1)
31 October
If you hold a summer water abstraction licence (authorising abstraction wholly within the months of April to October), the Environment Agency would have asked you to report your water abstraction return for summer 2022. You have 28 days to send your return to the Environment Agency. (GAEC 2)
* GAEC = Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition
** SMR = Statutory Management Requirements
For more details about the information provided in the key dates table, visit the Guide to cross compliance in England 2022 and the Rural Payments Agency key dates 2022 pages of GOV.UK.