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The Nitrates Action Programme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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17.  After harvesting a crop of cereals (other than maize), oil seeds or grain legumes (such as peas or beans) the controller shall ensure that from harvest to 1 March in the following year, one of the following conditions is met on the land at any time—

(a)the stubble of the harvested crop remains in the land;

(b)the land is sown with a crop which will take up nitrogen from the soil; or

(c)the land is left with a rough surface, ploughed or disced, to encourage the infiltration of rain.

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