Tillage farmers are grappling with new nitrates regulations which have yet to be finalised and require farmers to shallow cultivate stubbles seven days after harvest or baling, and in all cases, 14 days after harvest.

Farmers are extremely frustrated by these rules, which also take away a major habitat for endangered birds such as yellow hammers and skylarks as well as adding a risk of soil erosion and damage when carried out in wet or very dry conditions.