Catch Crops

To Establish a catch crop that will absorb nutrients and prevent leaching in the autumn/winter period

Scheme Requirements

  • Establish a catch crop annually by the 15th September, using light cultivation techniques.
  • Minimum area 10 ha (Priority Action) or 4 ha (General Action) and the maximum area for payment is 32 ha. This area can be rotated from one year to the next.
  • The action can be delivered on full or split LPIS parcel(s).
  • The catch crops must remain in situ from the date of sowing to the 1st December annually
  • Grazing of catch crops is permitted after the 1st December. Ensure grazing only takes place on parcels where soil erosion is not considered to be an issue.
  • The seed mixture must consist of at least 2 species from the list below. The minimum seed rates of at least 2 of the species set out below must be sown annually. A mix of 3 or more seed species can be used to extend the functionality of the mix.

Advice for Successful Catch Crop

  • The seed rates above are suitable where seeds are drilled in good conditions. If seeds are broadcast or soil conditions are less than ideal it is advised to increase the seed rates by up to 50%.
  • Most catch crop mixtures contain small seeds – these require a fine and firm seedbed. For small seeds target a sowing depth of 1-2cm. Seeds must be in good contact with soil and moisture. Ensure the seedbed is well consolidated.
  • For best results sow catch crops immediately after harvest.
  • Do not allow the catch crop plants to set seed. Where plants are flowering the crop should be destroyed by chemical or mechanical means.


Fodder Rape  6.00 kgs
Leafy Turnip    10.00 kgs
16.00 kgs
  • Sow at least 8 kg/ha for GLAS
  • Excellent option for fodder, graze after Dec 1st
  • Catches Nitrogen & other nutrients
  • Will survive a normal Irish winter
  • Low cost
  • Suit in rotations with cereals, beans, potatoes

Mustard  12.00 kgs
Phacelia    4.00 kgs
 16.00 kgs
  • Sow at least 8 kg/ha for GLAS
  • Vigorous establishment and growth
  • Catches Nitrogen & other nutrients
  • Good option for later sown crops
  • Not Suitable for fodder
  • Suit in rotations with cereals, beans, potatoes

Common Vetch   12.00 kgs
Phacelia    2.00 kgs
 14.00 kgs
  • Sow at least 14 kg/ha for GLAS
  • Main focus is soil health
  • Fixes and catches nitrogen
  • Best results with early sowing – before 20th August
  • Not suitable for fodder
  • Suit in rotations with cereals, beet, OSR, potatoes

Oilseed Radish    5.00 kgs
Phacelia    2.00 kgs
Common Vetch    6.00 kgs
 13.00 kgs
  • Sow at least 13 kg/ha for GLAS
  • Excellent soil conditioner
  • Deep rooting and large root biomass
  • Fixes & catches nitrogen & other nutrients
  • Not suitable for fodder & not winter hardy
  • Suit in rotations with cereals, beans, beet, potatoes