OP5: Undersown cereal
Find out about eligibility and requirements for the undersown cereal option.
How much will be paid
£86 per hectare (ha).
Where to use this option
Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier
Whole or part parcel
- land registered as ‘fully organic’ or ‘in conversion’ with a Defra-licensed organic control body
How this option will benefit the environment
Provides a habitat that benefits animals including invertebrates and birds that forage within the undersown cereal crop.
- establish an autumn or spring sown cereal crop (not maize) undersown by 30 April with a grass/flower-rich legume ley
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
- field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
- a valid organic certificate and schedule for all the parcels entered into this option with your annual claim
Applicants will have to send the following with their application:
- a copy of a valid organic certificate and schedule for all the parcels entered into this option
Related Mid Tier options
The following options can be located on the same area as this option:
- HS3 – Reduced-depth, non-inversion cultivation on historic and archaeological features
- HS9 - Restricted depth crop establishment to protect archaeology under an arable rotation
- OR3 - Organic conversion - rotational land
- OT3 - Organic land management - rotational land
Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option
The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.
As this is a rotational option, it may be moved between eligible parcels, but the same total area (hectarage) should be maintained each year.
Published: 2 April 2015
Updated: 10 March 2017
- Updated for 2017 applications.
- Information updated for applications in 2016.
- Update to 'keeping records' section.
- First published.