A method to predict impacts of NVZ and Water Framework legislation on UK vegetable and arable farming.

Ulrich Schmutz, Chris Firth, C. Nendel, R. Lillywhite, Clive Rahn

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    Abstract

    A method is introduced to predict the scale effects of environmental legislation on major UK conventional and organic crop rotations. The paper attempts to extract the key crops and vegetable crop rotations (both conventional and organic farming) in all different UK regions. It highlights the conventional and organic concentration of UK field scale vegetable cropping. With this information representative crop rotations for different regions and soil types can be created and used e.g. in a recently developed integrated plant-soil-environment-economics model (EU-Rotate_N). This model is designed as a decision support system to optimise rotations on various decision-making levels. The levels considered are: farm or rotational level, catchment, regional and national level. By comparing different farming systems their strength and weaknesses in delivering environmental and economic sustainability can be assessed on various scales.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-27
    Number of pages9
    JournalAspects of Applied Biology
    Volume80
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006

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    Keywords

    • vegetable crops
    • crop rotation
    • regional distribution
    • Leaching
    • nitrate leaching
    • NVZ
    • Water framework directive
    • scale effects
    • Computer modelling

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