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


Only on:

  • 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

Keeping records

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

The following options can be located on the same area as this option:

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.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.