Farm to Tap
Welcome to Farm to Tap, our scheme that focuses on working with farmers to help mitigate the impact from pesticides and other run off from agricultural land on water quality. We work together with a 4000 strong network of farmers across our region to keep pesticides out of drinking water, and to avoid using expensive and carbon intensive chemical treatments. Last year 840 farmers joined the scheme, and we had our best ever year of results – so a big thank you. This year to reflect that many farmers have already decided to switch to ferric phosphate and other methods of slug control, we have reduced our reward payments. New details of this year’s reward are detailed below.
Are you eligible to join?
To join the scheme, you need to meet the below criteria:
- You are growing winter wheat and/or oil seed rape this autumn.
- Your winter wheat and/or oilseed rape is in one of our priority catchments:
- Lower Derwent**
- Middle Severn
- Whitacre Bourne and Blythe
- Shropshire Middle Severn
- Worcestershire Severn
- Staunton Harold**
** If your land is located in Lower Derwent or Staunton Harold, this scheme is not available in your catchment area - we offer a variation, please contact your agricultural advisor for further details, and they will discuss the options available in your area.
Interested in signing up? Request a call back from your local agricultural advisor
Update on the withdrawal of metaldehyde for outdoor use
Last year it was announced by Defra to withdraw metaldehyde for outdoor use, the decision to prohibit the use of metaldehyde followed advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides and the Health and Safety Executive that metaldehyde poses an unacceptable risk to birds and small mammals.
Legal proceedings following this meant that Defra overturned the ban in July this year. This means metaldehyde is available to farmers to use until at least 2022 when the product will be due for renewal of its registration or until a further decision is taken by Defra. The sale and distribution of existing stocks of metaldehyde will expire on 31 December 2020, and disposal, storage and use of existing stocks is to expire on 31 December 2021.
At Severn Trent our schemes were actively developed to help prevent metaldehyde finding its way into raw water and subsequently into water treatment works. This means we will run our Farm To Tap scheme for metaldehyde for 2 more autumn seasons until December 2021.
Beyond 2021 the Farm To Tap scheme will evolve to support farmers in a different area of water stewardship.
Dry weather advice for livestock farms and farmers in our region
May 2020 saw extended dry spells, with swathes of the UK basking in the hottest days of the year to date.
We have some important advice about planning ahead and what to do in the event of an emergency.