Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers.
She has also called on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.
Whether a farmer grows traditional arable, potatoes, salads or speciality crops, Defra does not want them to be adversely affected. The three crops can be grown over the course of a year, with a two-month inspection window of May to June set for the five per cent of farms that will be inspected.
For crops harvested prior to this, stubble will count as evidence, and Defra wants more evidence, such as organic matter in soil or photographs, to be accepted.