Farmers can mitigate the shortage of fodder

As a result of an approval by the bavarian ministry of agriculture, since 1. July the use of forage on ovf fallow areas (ecological priority areas) as well as other fallow areas can take place. "The bavarian farmers’ association (BBV) had already requested the release of the ovf areas from the ministry in good time due to the pronounced spring drought, especially in northern bavaria", stresses ottmar braun, managing director of the BBV district association of central franconia.

Will the fallow land be used for fodder before the 16th anniversary?. July, it is mandatory for affected farmers to report this to the responsible office for food, agriculture and forestry by telephone or e-mail. The general release of the fallow land is only valid from the 16. July. The fallow areas used for forage production are then still considered ovf within the framework of the greening requirements, but with regard to crop diversification, they are then considered to be areas with grass or. Green fodder plants.

In its press release, the farmers’ association therefore urgently recommends that further compliance with crop diversification due to this change in classification be clarified in advance with the relevant food, agriculture and forestry authorities. If the above-mentioned ovf plots are included in kulap or VNP sampling, the corresponding requirements of the agri-environmental programs must be observed.

The landesanstalt fur landwirtschaft (lfl) has used data from the german meteorological service, usable field capacity and various models to produce an assessment of which areas currently have above-normal conditions for the release of ovf fallow for forage use. According to this, currently for the administrative districts of upper franconia, middle franconia, lower franconia a feed use is permitted.