High Performance Environmental Focus Areas (EFA)
Before 2018 many farmers grew pulses and legumes to optimise production and income while conforming to their need for Environmental Focus Areas. Restrictions on the use of plant protection products has caused a drop in the area of pulses grown. Growing perennial forage legumes like Red Clover and Lucerne are however still an option. In England this actually became easier because certain legumes can now be grown with companion grass, so long as the forage legume accounts for more than 50% of the plants in the sward. Hy-Red Clover mixture is specifically designed for this use, or as an alternative to straight Red Clover, with extra spring growth and better ground cover from the Hybrid Ryegrasses.