Rules designed to prevent nitrate pollution of the water environment, in designated areas of Scotland, have been revised.
Following a consultation last year, the Scottish Government is amending its Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).
The key amendments are:
Extending the closed period (when manure with a high nitrogen content may not be spread) by two weeks on heavier soils (soils that are not sandy or shallow), effective from 1 October 2013 for arable land and 15 October 2013 for grassland. Increasing the livestock manure nitrogen efficiency standard values used in calculating available nitrogen with effect from 1 January 2014. Reducing the time for which records need to be kept from five to three years. An increased individual field allowance in any 12 month period where compost is applied.