The tillage sector is not loaded with investment resources right now but the TAMS Tillage Capital Investment Scheme is still a welcome development, especially if it continues to run in parallel with the other TAMS programmes. It remains to be seen as to how much of the funding allocation will be taken up or grant-aided but the facilities and equipment covered can provide welcome support to the sector. Schedule dates are awkward as most options are now for next season rather than this one.

Most will be aware that the scheme supports a range of investment opportunities ranging from grain storage to rainwater harvesting. It covers the grain store itself, elevators, dryers, conveyers, store dividers, roof safety cages, rainwater harvesting equipment, rewiring buildings, wheel-changing equipment and a range of GPS machinery control and application control equipment. There is also support for reduced cultivation and drilling equipment.