Lake Simcoe Soil Health Improvement Project
In partnership with OMAFRA, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association launched a two-year initiative: The Lake Simcoe Soil Health Improvement Project (LS-SHIP). The Soil Health Check-Up offered producers an opportunity to work with a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Professional Agrologist (P.Ag) to identify soil health challenges and develop Best Management Practices (BMPs) tailored to the specific needs of their operation. Through the process, the farmer gains a deeper understanding of soil health issues, cropping practices and ideal farm conditions to work towards.
As part of the initiative, OSCIA completed a retrospective analysis of stewardship projects supported through OSCIA delivered stewardship programming in the Lake Simcoe watershed.
Cost-share funding was available to support eight BMPs including Cover Crops, Crop Nutrient Plans, Buffer Strips, Field Windbreaks or Windstrips, Equipment Customization, Erosion Control Structures, Fragile Land Retirement, and Runoff Water Management.
Over 12 years of project data was analyzed across 1,200 projects where trends in Best Management Practices (BMPs), investment, and farm business characteristics were analyzed. The information contained within this report will assist in the future design and implementation of targeted cost-share programming, ensuring opportunities are better tailored to the specific needs of farmers in the Lake Simcoe watershed.