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LEADS – Crop Nutrient Planning


Maximum of $20,000


LEADS – Crop Nutrient Planning was designed for producers who need to develop a first-time plan for improved nutrient management.

Eligible Applicants

Producers who:

  • Verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
  • Proposed project located within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
  • Completed Farmland Health Check-Up, working with a participating certified crop advisor or professional agrologist

Eligible Expenses

  • Consulting fees of a qualified professional (e.g., certified crop advisor), to conduct a first-time Crop Nutrient Plan covering one full crop rotation cycle (five-year plan required) that must include:
    • Soil sampling and analysis (including frequency of sampling, sampling plan and soil test results that include organic matter, soil phosphorus, pH, etc.)
    • Maps of fields, locations of any sensitive features requiring special management or setbacks
  • Plan must outline, at a minimum, the following details on a per field basis:
    • Crop rotation
    • Tillage practices for each crop
    • Nutrients applied from all sources (timing, placement, rates)
    • Crop removal and the nutrient balance for each crop, including credits from legumes and/or manure
    • Fertilizer recommendations for each crop
    • Management practices to reduce risk of nutrient loss
  • Plan may also include the following other eligible activities to support the development of the Crop Nutrient Plan:
    • Manure sampling and analysis
    • Data collection materials such as soil probes
    • Plant tissue sampling and analysis
    • Contingency planning
    • Soil conservation practices and planning for implementation within the crop rotation
  • Annual subscriptions to data management systems (limit of one subscription per eligible farm business)
  • Plans developed using NMAN or other planning and decision support tools

Deadline Date

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Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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