Straw Incorporation Measure

Information last updated May 19th, 2023

All details are taken from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine ‘Schemes & Payments’ section located here.
Please check this section for the latest information and updates relating to Farm Schemes & Payments.

What is the Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM)?

The Straw Incorporation Measure is payment for chopping straw and incorporating it into the soil.

How to Qualify

To qualify for the Straw Incorporation Measure, you must:

Submit a BISS application each year declaring the land located within the jurisdiction of Ireland, grow the eligible crops and apply for SIM.

Eligible crops:

  • Oats – spring
  • Oats – winter 
  • Wheat – winter
  • Wheat – spring
  • Rye
  • Barley – winter 
  • Barley – spring
  • Oilseed Rape – winter 
  • Oilseed Rape – spring

As soon as possible after the crops have been harvested, the straw must be chopped, spread evenly and incorporated into the soil.

You can get paid on at least 5 hectares but on no more than 40 hectares.

The Department will notify you in June if your application is successful.

Rates of Payment

CropPayment per hectare
Oats, Rye, Wheat, Barley€250
Oil Seed Rape€150

How to Apply

You apply for the Straw Incorporation Measure Scheme as part of the Basic Income Support for Sustainability (BISS) application.

A farmer may submit their own application in conjunction with their BISS application, if they so wish, or they can employ a FAS approved advisor to do so on their behalf.

To apply online, login or register at

You must apply by midnight on 29 May 2023.

If your login or password are expired and need to be renewed, please contact the Department’s Online helpdesk as set out below.


Straw Incorporation Measure (SIM)

Address: SIM, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Government Buildings, Old Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, R32RPA6

Email: [email protected]

Phone number: +353 (0) 57 86 74422

Terms and Conditions

For the full Straw Incorporation Measure Scheme Terms and Conditions (contained within the 2023 BISS and other area-based scheme Terms and Conditions) please click here.