Final application figures for the straw incorporation measure (SIM) show that 1,961 farmers applied to chop 38,712ha of a combination of oat, wheat, barley and oilseed rape straw. This is just under the 40,000ha threshold for the scheme and equates to a support of about €8.9m for tillage farmers.

The numbers indicate that about one-third of the area submitted for chopping is oats, with a bit over 20% for each of wheat, barley and oilseed rape straw.