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Region CA Stewardship Summary Contact
Southern OntarioAusable BayfieldHuron Clean Water Project Cover Crops Boost Program Ausable River Watershed Huron Clean Water Project: Huron County: $15/acre for up to 150 acres. Minimum three species in the cover crop mix and a minimum 50% residue by April 1 of the following year. Cover Crops Boost Program: Huron County in the?Bayfield River Watershed, Lake Huron Gullies Watersheds in Municipalities of Bluewater and Central Huron. $30/acre. Minimum three species in the cover crop mix and a minimum of 50% residue by April 1 of the following year. Ausable River Watershed: Canada Nature Fund: $10/acre for up to 100 acres. Minimum three species in the cover crop mix and a minimum of 50% residue by April 1 of the following year.Visit Program WebsiteHope Brock or Nathan Schoelier 519-235-2610 toll-free 1-888-286-2610
Eastern OntarioCataraqui Regionn/a613-546-4228 info@crca.ca
Southern OntarioCatfish CreekFor Elgin County only: Elgin Clean Water ProgramThe Catfish Creek Conservation Authority undertakes projects such as traditional erosion control, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, species at risk protection, and delivery of provincial/federal programs (e.g. Greencover) on private lands. (This could include technical advice or funding assistance.) If you are experiencing a problem with controlling erosion on your land, please contact the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority office for assistance. Farms in the Catfish Creek watershed are eligible for the Elgin Clean Water Program which is delivered by the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority. Landowners interested in participating in the program are asked to contact Catfish Creek Conservation Authority for a field visit in order to discuss details of the program and project review/design, construction and permitting. See the information on the Elgin Clean Water Program grant .Visit Program Website519-773-9037 admin@catfishcreek.ca
Central OntarioCentral Lake OntarioN/APatricia Lowe, Director Community Engagement 905-579-0411 ext 126 plowe@cloca.com
Central OntarioCredit ValleyRural Water Quality ProgramRural Water Quality Program grants vary by county/region. Flat-rate grants for cover crops are available up to $100/acre to a maximum of 50 acres. Grants for soil testing as part of the development of a nutrient management plan are available and are cost-shared at a rate up to 75% to a maximum of $2,000. Please consult the specific guidelines for the county/region in question.Visit Program Website416-294-7335 ruralwater@cvc.ca
Eastern OntarioCrowe Valleyn/a613-472-3137 info@crowevalley.com
Southern OntarioEssex RegionClean Water Green SpacesCover Crops for Lake Erie Watershed: $60/acre for a maximum of 150 acres of cover crops. Eligibility limited to Lake Erie watersheds only. Eligible Costs: Single stands, intercropping, one variety or complex mixes. Maximum of $9,000.00 per year (150 acres). Ineligible Costs: Costs associated with mechanical or chemical termination of the cover crop. (Red clover underseeded in winter wheat the previous winter may be terminated in the fall.) Equipment modification costs. Fertilizer and crop protection costs. Crops that will be harvested, grazed or fall terminated, including volunteer wheat. Fields that have had a cover crop in the last three years. Fields that are disturbed or tilled in any way prior to winter. Crop Nutrient Plan: 80% of eligible expenses, including soil testing and mapping exercises, for crop nutrient plants for a maximum of $8,000. Eligibility limited to Lake Erie watersheds only.Visit Program WebsiteMichael Dick Agricultural Technician 519-776-5209 ext 369 mdick@erca.org
Central OntarioGanaraska RegionClean Water-Healthy Land Agricultural cover crops $10/acre up to $500. Visit Program Website905-885-8173 info@grca.on.ca
Southern OntarioGrand RiverRural Water Quality Program Upper Nith River ProgramRural Water Quality Program grants vary by county. Some, such as Brant, Haldimand, Waterloo, Dufferin and Wellington, include grants for cover crops. They also include grants for soil testing as part of a voluntary Nutrient Management Plan. The Upper Nith River Program funds cover crops at $30/acre up to 50 acres and soil sampling/crop nutrient planning at 75% up to $1,500.Visit Program WebsiteRural Water Quality Program staff 519-621-2763 x2242 ruralwater@grandriver.ca
Southern OntarioGrey SaubleFertile Field and Clean Streams ProgramCover crops for 50% of project cost up to $1,000.Visit Program WebsiteStewardship Technician 519-376-3076
Southern OntarioHaltonWater Quality and Habitat Improvement ProgramCover crops: eligible for up to $60/acre for a maximum of $3,000 per farm property.Visit Program Website905-336-1158 stewardship@hrca.on.ca
Southern OntarioHamiltonHamilton Watershed Stewardship ProgramGrants may be available to assist with the cost of projects. Stewardship Technicians offer free on-site consultation services to help landowners identify and learn more about the natural features of their properties.Visit Program Website905-525-2181 ext. 181 or 196
Central OntarioKawarthaKawartha Water Fund Scugog Water FundTo be eligible, projects must: implement an action from one of the lake management plans and have a positive impact on water quality of the Kawartha Lakes and their watersheds. Landowners can subscribe to the page for updates on upcoming Water Fund applications.Visit Program Website705-328-2271
Southern OntarioKettle CreekElgin Clean Water Program Cover crop incentive program for $20/acre to a maximum of 50 acres. Only available in the Elgin County portion of watershed.Visit Program WebsiteBetsy McClure Stewardship Program Supervisor (519) 631-1270 ext. 229 betsy@kettlecreekconservation.on.ca
Central OntarioLake Simcoe RegionManage Your Soil100% of costs for cover crop seed up to $2,000. 50% of costs for soil testing and nutrient management planning, up to $500 (stand alone) or $1,000 (with another project).Visit Program Website905-895-1281 1-800-465-0437 Peter Shuttleworth, ext. 114 Restoration Project Specialist p.shuttleworth@lsrca.on.ca Lori McLean, ext. 272 Restoration Project Specialist l.mclean@lsrca.on.ca
Northern OntarioLakehead Regionn/a807-344-5857 info@lakeheadca.com
Southern OntarioLong Point RegionRural Water Quality Programs For Elgin County only: Elgin Clean Water ProgramVarious County run programs in Elgin, Brant, Haldimand, and Oxford. Long Point Region Conservation Authority has its own erosion control program which provides 50% of erosion control project costs up to $1,000. Long Point Region Conservation Authority partners with ALUS communities of Norfolk and Elgin to implement erosion control projects. Note: Farms in Elgin County are eligible for the Elgin Clean Water Program, which is delivered by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. See the information on that grant in the Kettle Creek section.Visit Program Website519-842-4242 1-888-231-5408 conservation@lprca.on.ca
Southern OntarioLower Thames ValleySoil Health Program McGregor & Jeannettes Creek P Reduction Program For Elgin County only: Elgin Clean Water ProgramSoil Health Program: $10/ac for frost or chemically terminated cover crop species; $12.50/acre for over-wintering species. 50% cost share for grid or zone soil sampling to a maximum of $500/farm business. McGregor & Jeannettes Creek P Reduction Program: $10/ac for frost or chemically terminated cover crop species; $12.50/acre for over-wintering species. 50% cost-share for grid or zone soil sampling to a maximum of $1,000/farm business. Note: Farms in Elgin County are also eligible for the Elgin Clean Water Program, which is delivered by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. See the information on that grant in the Kettle Creek section.Visit Program WebsiteColin Little LTVCA Agricultural Coordinator colin.little@ltvca.ca 226-868-6005
Eastern OntarioLower TrentHealthy Soils Check-Up ProgramSee the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan section for more information.Ewa Bednarczuk Ecology & Stewardship Specialist 613-394-3915 ext. 252
Southern OntarioMaitland ValleyHuron Clean Water ProjectEstablish cover crops with three or more species to reduce erosion and protect local water quality. Grant is $15/acre to a maximum of 150 acres. Maximum grant is $2,250.Visit Program WebsiteDoug Hocking Water Quality Specialist 519-335-3557 ext 236 dhocking@mvca.on.ca
Northern OntarioMattagami Regionn/a705-360-2692 info@mattagamiregion.ca
Eastern OntarioMississippi Valleyn/a613-253-0006 info@mvc.on.ca
Southern OntarioNiagara PeninsulaRestoration Program $50/acre up to 50 acres of cover crops. Maximum grant is $2,500. A spring residue of at least 50% cover is required to receive the incentive.Visit Program Website905-788-3135 restoration@npca.ca
Northern OntarioNorth Bay-Mattawan/aBrian Tayler CAO/Secretary-Treasurer brian.tayler@nbmca.ca 705-474-5420 ext 2001
Central OntarioNottawasaga ValleyHealthy Waters Program50% cost-share to develop a nutrient management plan & strategy development to a maximum of $1,000. Includes soil/manure nutrient testing, professional fees, and registration fees for training.Visit Program Websiteadmin@nvca.on.ca 705-424-1479
Central OntarioOtonabeen/aotonabeeca@otonabeeconservation.com
Eastern OntarioQuinteHealthy Soils Check-Up ProgramCover Crops: $10/acre up to $1,000/applicant through the Landowner Stewardship Program. Free soil testing.Visit Program WebsiteJason Jobin, Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, Lower Trent Conservation 613-394-3915 ext 225 jason.jobin@ltc.on.ca
Eastern OntarioRaisin RegionOne-On-One Advisory ServiceFunding to support farmers in hiring implementation experts to advise in best management practices.Visit Program WebsiteRaison Region Conservation Authority 613-938-3611 info@rrca.on.ca
Eastern OntarioRideau ValleyRideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program (RVRCWP) Ottawa's Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP)RVRCWP: Cover Crops at $50/acre to a max of $1,000. 50% of Nutrient Management Plans, up to $1,000. Farmers must have completed an Environental Farm Plan to be eligible to apply. ORCWP: Cover crops $50/acre/year. Maximum: 20 acres; 3 years.Visit Program WebsiteRideau Valley Conservation?Authority 613-692-3571 1-800-267-3504 (toll-free)
Southern OntarioSaugeenAgricultural Program Supports community partners such as Stewardship Grey Bruce. In its first year (2019), the Soil & Water Stewardship Program consisted of two project streams: seed and soil tests. The Seed Stream covered 50% of seed costs for water quality stewardship projects, such as cover crops, buffer plantings and grassed waterways - up to $1,000 per applicant. The Soil Testing and Organic Amendments streams covered 50% of invoiced costs, up to $500 per applicant. Information to come about the next program.Visit Program Website stewardshipgreybruce@gmail.com
Northern OntarioSault Ste. Marie Regionn/a705-946-8530 nature@ssmrca.ca
Eastern OntarioSouth NationClean Water ProgramCover crops: $50/acre/year. Maximum of 20 acres.Visit Program Website1-877-984-2948 lhenderson@nation.on.ca
Southern OntarioSt. Clair RegionHealthy Watersheds ProgramTypically, grants of up to 50% are provided; a Project Review Committee generally meets twice/year to evaluate the overall environmental benefit/impact of each stewardship project and determine how much funding to apply to individual projects. Cover crops are eligible at 50% to a maximum of $500. Grant availability varies by year and by region.Visit Program Website519-245-3710
Northern OntarioSudburyn/a705-674-5249 ndca@ConservationSudbury.ca
Central OntarioToronto and RegionRural Clean Water Program Dufferin County: Cover crops $40/acre. Up to 40 acres. York Region: Cover crops $25/acre. Up to 80 acres. Limited to a maximum of 80 acres/farm over the life of program. Peel Region: Cover crops $100/acre. Up to 50 acres. Limited to a maximum of 50 acres/farm over the life of program.Visit Program WebsiteNadine Abrams, C.E.T. Coordinator, Rural Clean Water Program, TRCA 416.661.6600 x 5349 nabrams@trca.on.ca
Southern OntarioUpper Thames RiverThrough the Canadian Ag Partnership (CAP) and Clean Water Program (CWP) Provides links to OSCIA website for CAP and to the CWP. Under the latter program, landowners in the Thames River watershed are eligible for a $30/acre incentive (to a maximum of $3,000) for cover crops. Farmers can also apply for 50% cost share, up to a maximum payment of $500, for nutrient management plans. Soil tests are eligible costs under this program. Projects may be eligible for a 70% grant when CWP is supplemented with EFP funding, or when landowners have activities on their property that may pose a significant threat to a municipal drinking water source. Visit Program Website519-451-2800 ext. 251
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Find Tools and Information on Cover Cropping

Resource Organization Description
Soil Health Video SeriesFarm & Food CareThis video series addresses such topics as inter-seeding, cover crops and manure. Open Resource
Inter-seeding, Cover Crops & ManureFarm & Food Care OntarioCover crops provide many benefits including protecting the soil from erosion, adding organic matter, feeding soil life, and holding onto nutrients. This video looks at how you might incorporate cover crops into your system. Open Resource
Cover Crop Decision Tool for Eastern CanadaInnovations in Cover CropsOnline tool to assist farmers in Eastern Canada in selecting cover crops for field crop rotations based on their soil type, risk of frost, and objectives. The tool is specific down to a county level. Open Resource
Opportunities for the Inclusion of Cover Crops in the Corn-Soybean Rotation in OntarioJaclyn Clark, University of GuelphThis thesis discussses candidate cover crop species for inclusion in a corn-soybean rotation and the evaluation of interseeded cover crops in V4-V5 corn. Open Resource
MCCC Cover Crops Decision ToolMidwest Cover Crops CouncilThis web-based tool helps farmers select cover crop species to include in field crop and vegetable rotations. Open Resource
OMAFRA Overview of Cover CropsOMAFRAThis resource provides information on selecting cover crops, an overview of various types of cover crop and their functions, and links to other resources. Open Resource
Cover up for the Winter!OMAFRAThis resource describes how and why to cover crop after fall harvest. Open Resource
Field Crop News - Cover CropsOMAFRAThis page contains a variety of articles related to cover crops, including information on Ontario-based field trials. Open Resource
Choose the Right Cover CropsOntario Grain Farmer MagazineThis article discusses the strengths and limitations of the Cover Crop Decision Tool. Open Resource
Interseeding Cover CropsOntario Grain Farmer MagazineThis article highlights the findings of research scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Harrow Research & Development Centre on the benefits of cover cropping. Open Resource
Resilient FieldsThe Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario and the Ontario Federation of AgricultureResilient Fields is a free app that helps Ontario crop farmers find sustainable solutions for field-based problems. The app has information on such topics as cover crop termination pre-winter and soil fertility, and cover crop selection and P release with winter onset. Open Resource
Resource Organization Description

Find Tools and Information for Soil Testing

Resource Organization Description
Advantages of Soil TestingFarm & Food CareThis video shows how soil testing is done, how to read a soil analysis report, and what to do with the information.Open Resource
Soil Health Video SeriesFarm & Food CareThis video series addresses such topics as the advantages of soil testing and organic amendments.Open Resource
Crops & Conservation SeriesLower Thames Valley Conservation AuthorityThis five-part webinar series includes presentations and discussion on how and why best management practices are implemented. The series covers bio strip implementation, equipment modifications for nutrient management, cover crops, the economics of BMPs, and climate change impacts and solutions in agriculture.Open Resource
OMAFRA Soil Sampling and Analysis for Managing Crop Nutrients FactsheetOMAFRAThis factsheet outlines the process of soil testing and how to use and understand the results.Open Resource
Soil Testing - Soil DiagnosticsOMAFRAThis resource outlines when and how to soil sample, and how to interpret the results.Open Resource
Interpreting Your Soil Test ResultsOMAFRAThis article outlines how to make sense of your soil test report and discusses fertility guidelines.Open Resource
Agronomy Guide for Field Crops (Publication 811)OMAFRAThis publication is a comprehensive guide to field crop production. In each crop section, you will find a table that provides the fertilizer recommendation for that crop based on the soil test values.Open Resource
Soil Fertility Guide (Publication 611)OMAFRACheck out this resource if you want more in-depth information about soil testing and soil nutrients.Open Resource
AgriSuiteOMAFRAThis resource is a free agricultural and environmental suite of tools. You can enter your field location, crop, expected yield, soil test info and fertilizer applications and can see if fields are ?+,? ?-? or ?balanced? with respect to nutrient applications.Open Resource
Field Crop News - Soil FertilityOMAFRAThis page contains a variety of articles related to soil testing and nutrient management.Open Resource
Soil pH and Liming DecisionsOMAFRAThis article explains how to interpret pH from a soil test and correct it with lime.Open Resource
Soil Test ManagerOntario Soil & Crop Improvement AssociationFarmers can use this tool to help understand soil test reports, calculate fertilizer application rates, and review best management practices for nutrient applications. This app works on both computers and cellphones.Open Resource
Finding a Trusted Soil Health TestSoils at GuelphThis article provides an overview of a study in which the authors compared the sensitivity, repeatability and consistency of interpretation among popular soil health measurements.Open Resource
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Local Advice and Strategies – Cover Crops

Resource Name Organization Region Commodity Description
Four growers who believe in inter-seeding into standing cornCountry GuideSouthern Ontario Western OntarioOilseed & GrainThis article discusses the spread of cover cropping and shares the experiences of four farmers who use cover cropping on their farms.Open Resource
Doug Johnston: Minimum Tillage and Building Organic Matter for Long-Term ProductivityFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioDairy Oilseed & GrainDoug Johnston, a farmer in Perth County, discusses his use of minimum tillage, cover crops and nutrient applications to improve soil health.Open Resource
Dan Breen: Minimum Tillage & Building Organic Matter for Long-Term ProductivtyFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioDairy Oilseed & GrainDan Breen, a farmer in Middlesex County, discusses his use of crop rotations, no-till, cover crops, and manure applications to improve soil health.Open Resource
Scott Mabury: Bringing Health Back to Exhausted SoilFarm & Food Care OntarioCentral OntarioOilseed & GrainScott Mabury, a farmer in Northumberland County, discusses his use of crop rotation, cover crops, no-till and soil sampling to promote soil health.Open Resource
Tyler McBlain: Improving Soil Health Takes a System ApproachFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainTyler McBlain, a farmer in Brant County, discusses his use of no-till/strip-till, cover crops, and variable rate fertilizer applications to support soil health.Open Resource
Mark Richards: All Green All the Time to Maintain Soil Structure and ResilienceFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioOilseed & Grain Vegetable & MelonMark Richards, a farmer in Chatham-Kent, discusses his use of no-till, strip-till, cover crops and manure applications to promote soil health.Open Resource
Jenn and Mike Doelman: Healthy Soils for Healthy PeopleFarm & Food Care OntarioEastern OntarioOilseed & GrainJenn and Mike Doelman, farmers in Renfrew County, discuss their use of no-till, crop rotation, cover crops, and organic amendments to promote soil health.Open Resource
Gerald Schuller: Getting Better with LessFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainGerald Schuller, a farmer in the Niagara Region, discusses his use of no-till, cover crops, crop rotation, and soil testing to support soil health.Open Resource
Carl Brubacher: Less Tillage Will Let Soil Do Its WorkFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioHog Oilseed & GrainCarl Brubacher, who farms in Wellington County, discusses his use of targeted tillage, no-till, crop rotations, cover crops and manure applications to promote soil health.Open Resource
Ken Nixon: Soil That's Left Alone is a Powerful, Resilient ToolFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainKen Nixon, a farmer near Longon, discusses his use of cover crops, crop rotation, no-till/strip-till, nutrient use and controlled traffic to promote soil health.Open Resource
Gerard Grubb: The Value of Keeping Topsoil in PlaceFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainGerard Grubb, a farmer in Bruce County, discusses his use of no-till/strip-till, cover crops, nutrient applications, and crop rotation to promote soil health.Open Resource
Greenbelt Farmers: Sustaining Soil HealthGreenbelt FoundationCentral Ontario Southern OntarioBeef Dairy Greenhouse Nursery & Floriculture Oilseed & Grain Poultry & Egg Vegetable & MelonThis report shares stories from 14 farmers in the Greenbelt who are working to improve their soil health. Their strategies include soil testing and cover cropping.Open Resource
Canadians See Success with Multispecies Covers, InterseedingNo-Till FarmerSouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainThis article tells the story of an Ontario farmer who sells cover crop seed and uses cover crops on his farm.Open Resource
Organic No-Till Soybean Production in Ontario: An OverviewOMAFRAN/AN/ALearn about cover crop-based organic no-till soybean production in Ontario. Hear about key details, including cereal rye seeding, roller crimping, and soybean planting, as well as early trial results. Open Resource
2020 Ontario Diagnostic Days EP4 Soil SnippetsOMAFRAN/AN/AAnne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist (Horticulture) with OMAFRA, discusses cover crop options for the fall for immediate soil health and cover benefits throughout the winter. Sebastian Belliard, Soil Management Specialist (Field Crops) with OMAFRA, discusses the visual evaluation of soil structure and how to use it to monitor and maintain soil health. Ian McDonald, Crops Innovation Specialist with OMAFRA, discusses bio-strip till crop production and how growers can plant cover crops in the wheel track area.Open Resources
Level Up Your Cover Crops with GrazingOMAFRACentral OntarioBeef Oilseed & GrainChristine O'Reilly, OMAFRA's Forage & Grazing Specialist, chats with Steve Sickle, a crop and beef farmer, about his experiences grazing cover crops.Open Resource
Early Lessons from a Long-term Cover Crop Trial for Field Crops in OntarioOMAFRASouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainJake Munroe, Soil Management Specialist (Field Crops) with OMAFRA, talks with Dr. Dave Hooker, Associate Professor of Field Crop Agronomy at the University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus, about Dr. Hooker's early observations from a newly established long-term cover crop trial for field crops at Ridgetown.Open Resource
Strip-Till Speaker Series - Event 2: Strip-Till and Cover CropsOMAFRAN/AHog Oilseed & Grain Poultry & Eggs Vegetable & MelonOntario strip-till farmers Woody Van Arkel, Matt Beischlag, Brad Martin and Warren Schneckenburger share their experiences on how strip-tilling and cover cropping work together.Open Resource
The Impact of Cover Crops in a Processing Vegetable-Grain Cropping System in OntarioOMAFRASouthern OntarioOilseed & Grain Vegetable & MelonAnne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist (Horticulture) with OMAFRA, talks with Dr. Laura Van Eerd, Professor of Sustainable Soil Management at the University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus, about Dr. Van Eerd's long-term cover crop trial in a processing vegetable-grain cropping system in Ridgetown. The trial was established in 2007 and 2008.Open Resource
Cover Crop Grazing: Dollars and Sense 2 - Livestock/Crop PartnershipsOMAFRAWestern OntarioBeef Sheep & GoatSheep and beef producer Mike Swidersky talks about grazing his sheep on his neighbour's cover crop. Jake Munroe, Soil Management Specialist (Field Crops) with OMAFRA, shares some perceptions of cover crop grazing from a group of crop producers with a soil health focus.Open Resource
Cover Crop Grazing: Dollars & Sense 3 - Cost of ProductionOMAFRASouthern OntarioBeef Oilseed & GrainBeef and crop producer Mike Buis shares some of his numbers when it comes to grazing cover crops. OMAFRA's John Molenhuis highlights things to consider when calculating your production costs to determine if grazing cover crops is the right fit for your farm.Open Resource
Organic No-Till Soybean Production in Ontario - Farmer Profile: Morris Van De WalleOMAFRAWestern OntarioOilseed & GrainMorris Van De Walle, a St. Marys area organic cash cropper, shares his extensive experience with roller crimping and cover crop-based organic no-till soybean production. Open Resource
Organic No-Till Soybean Production in Ontario - Farmer Profile: Brett IsraelOMAFRAWestern OntarioOilseed & GrainBrett Israel of 3Gen Organics shares his experiences with roller crimping and cover crop-based organic no-till soybean production at his farm near Drayton. Brett, his father Jamie, and grandfather Carl have participated in trials evaluating organic no-till soybean production for two seasons (2019 and 2020).Open Resource
Ontario Cover Crop Action PlanOntario Cover Crop Steering CommitteeN/AN/AThis committee, comprised of several Ontario agricultural organizations, developed a four-part action plan to encourage cover cropping in Ontario.Open Resource
Cover Crops: Agronomy Basics for Better ManagementOntario Grain Farmer MagazineN/AN/AThis article provides experience-based recommendations to cover cropping. The article is based on a session at the Ontario Agricultural Conference where various soil health specialists and BMP adopters shared their insights.Open Resource
How to be a Cover CropperOntario Grain Farmer MagazineEastern Ontario Southern OntarioBeef Oilseed & GrainThis article shares the stories of five Ontario farmers who have successfully incorporated cover crops into their operations.Open Resource
Ontario Soil Network websiteOntario Soil NetworkN/AN/A The Soil Network is a soil-focused, farmer-to-farmer, social and educational network with a shared goal of improving Ontario?s soils. Open Resource
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - Farmland BMPs: Cover CropsUpper Thames River Conservation AuthorityN/AN/AThis website provides an overview of cover crop benefits and types, factsheets, and several case studies.Open Resource
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Local Advice and Strategies – Soil Testing

Resource Name Organization Region Commodity Description
A Practical Look at Soil TestingCertified Crop Adviser - OntarioN/AN/AThis article provides a case study of the use of soil testing to shape a fertilizer program.Open Resource
Gerald Schuller: Getting Better with LessFarm & Food Care OntarioSouthern OntarioOilseed & GrainGerald Schuller, a farmer in the Niagara Region, discusses his use of no-till, cover crops, crop rotation, and soil testing to support soil health.Open Resource
Want Profit Boost? Get a Soil Test Say AgronomistsFarmers ForumN/AN/AThis article highlights how farmers can use soil testing to ensure they get a good return on investment from their fertilizer programs.Open Resource
Usefulness of the Haney Soil Health Test for Ontario Grain FarmersGrain Farmers of OntarioN/AN/AThis webpage provides an overview of the study findings from a project that assessed the validity and applicability of the Haney soil health test in Ontario.Open Resource
Greenbelt Farmers: Sustaining Soil HealthGreenbelt FoundationCentral OntarioBeef Dairy Greenhouse Nursery & Floriculture Oilseed & Grain Poultry & Eggs Vegetable & MelonThis report shares stories from 14 farmers in the Greenbelt who are working to improve their soil health. Their strategies include soil testing and cover cropping.Open Resource
2020 Ontario Diagnostic Days EP4 Soil SnippetsOMAFRAN/AN/AAnne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist (Horticulture) with OMAFRA, discusses cover crop options for the fall for immediate soil health and cover benefits throughout the winter. Sebastian Belliard, Soil Management Specialist (Field Crops) with OMAFRA, discusses the visual evaluation of soil structure and how to use it to monitor and maintain soil health. Ian McDonald, Crops Innovation Specialist with OMAFRA, discusses bio-strip till crop production and how growers can plant cover crops in the wheel track area.Open Resource
Soil Sampling: A Foundation of the 4RsOntario Grain Farmer MagazineN/AN/AThe article discusses why farmers should soil sample and the timing for soil sampling.Open Resource
The Agronomists, Episode 9: Interpreting Soil Test ResultsRealAgricultureN/AN/ARyan Benjamins of Benjamins Agronomy and John Heard of Manitoba Agriculture share their tips for diving into soil test results. The pair discuss what information to review first, and what not to get influenced by.Open Resource
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