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Nutrient Stewardship


Canadians understand the importance of sustainable environmental solutions. 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ the Right Rate, Right Time, and Right Place®) was developed to help crop-producers minimize environmental concerns related to agriculture while maximizing economic benefits.

4R Nutrient Stewardship has been promoted and applied across Canada under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program and the AgriInnovation Program (Growing Forward 2). A number of environmental concerns related to agriculture are evident across Canada, including: excessive phosphorous loadings, nitrate levels in drinking water, soil conservation, salinity, and soil and air quality concerns. 4R Nutrient Stewardship research provides crop producers with science-based information and advice on how to use best management practices to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and address other environmental impacts when they apply fertilizer.

Sustainability Report

With the global population expected to exceed 9.7 billion people by 2050, it is more important than ever to get sustainable agriculture right. Fertilizer Canada’s first 4R Nutrient Stewardship Sustainability Report is a comprehensive overview of the work our association does every day to ensure Canadian farmers, and farmers across the globe, adopt sustainable farming practices.

Fertilizer Use Survey

With the Fertilizer Use Survey, led by Pulse Canada, Fertilizer Canada is providing key information on crops and fertilizer practices as they relate to 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The survey aims to build a national database of fertilizer management practices from 2014-2018, including source, rate, time and place of fertilizer applications, general fertilizer practices, and demographics.


Fertilizer Use Survey Infographic 2019

The Fertilizer Use Survey assists in understanding the current state of fertilizer management in Canadian crop production and how growers use and make decisions about fertilizer applications – conducted between the 2014 and 2017 growing seasons.  



What’s in it 4R me?

4R Nutrient Stewardship can help improve agricultural productivity. End-use customers are starting to demand that steps be taken to prove growers are committed to sustainable practices Optimizing nutrient management is simply good business. Higher crop yields are well documented with better crop and soil management. Improved fertilizer efficiency increases the quantity produced per acre for […]

4R Pocket Guide

4R Nutrient Stewardship is a new innovative approach for fertilizer best management practices adopted by the world’s fertilizer industry. This approach considers economic, social and environmental dimensions of nutrient management and is essential to sustainability of agricultural systems. The concept is simple—apply the right source of nutrient, at the right rate, at the right time […]

4R Pocket Guide – French

La gestion des nutriments 4B se veut une approche innovatrice de gestion exemplaire en matière d’application de fertilisants adoptée par l’industrie mondiale de l’engrais. Cette approche considère les dimensions économiques, sociales et environnementales de la gestion des nutriments et elle est essentielle à la durabilité des systèmes agricoles. Le concept est simple — appliquer la […]