Catch crops are an intermediatary crop grown between two main crops e.g. Stubble turnips over the autumn months. Planting catch crops is an efficient way of using tillage ground. It is also an alternative source of winter fodder. Catch crops benefit the soil and subsequent crops by retaining minerals in the soil and preventing soil erosion that can potentially occur during the vacant period between two main crops.
Catch crops are sown under GLAS but are also a good idea for farmers not under the scheme.
OCAE can provide advice in choosing the right catch crops for specific client needs.