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Nutrient Stewardship

Prince Edward Island

canadaFertilizer Canada works with the Prince Edward Island (PEI) government, farmer groups, and watershed groups to promote sustainable use of nutrients for the benefit of farmers and society. PEI farmers concern themselves with efficient input use, making productivity and sustainability of the land of primary importance. PEI Agriculture and Forestry has provided extension throughout the years to demonstrate and promote management practices that limit environmental losses and increase plant use efficiency.

PEI receives 100 percent of its drinking water from groundwater, making it unique compared to other regions. An important component in protecting PEI’s drinking water source is sustainable nutrient management planning. Watershed groups recognize the important role that agriculture holds in the local economy and culture, and gladly work with the agricultural community on the common goal of maintaining and improving water quality and access. Managing crop nutrients properly offers both economic and environmental benefits to producers and to the rest of society. The efficient use of nutrients from commercial fertilizers, manure, or other sources reduces input costs for crop production and minimizes the risk of nutrient losses to ground and surface water sources.

The Kensington North Watersheds Association works with farmers and landowners on watershed issues. The proper use of fertilizer is imperative for clean water in watersheds with a large percentage of land use in field crop agriculture. Kensington North Watersheds Association is one of 24 active watershed groups on PEI.

4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®) provides an understanding of how various crop nutrients behave in the landscape, how they are utilized by crops and how to prevent their loss into the environment. Understanding which soils pose a risk of nutrient loss can assist agricultural producers in managing nutrients more efficiently and in protecting the environment. Adjustments in the crop nutrient source and application rate, timing, and placement method may greatly reduce the risk of nutrient losses.

The good news is many PEI farmers have been embracing 4R Nutrient Stewardship over the last few years resulting in increasing yields, combined with minimal impacts on the environment and environmental concerns. The evidence supporting 4R Nutrient Stewardship is still growing, the 4R plot tour series and demonstration findings suggest significant benefits when compared to traditional practices.

45-Day Public Consultation Period for the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Standards Manual

Requirements for 4R Certification of Nutrient Service Providers in Prince Edward Island

4R Nutrient Stewardship best management practices (BMPs) must be customized to fit each farm’s unique climatic, soil, cropping and operational conditions. This is achieved, as needed, with professional input from recognized and qualified specialists such as Certified Crop Advisors who work with farmers to assess their specific farming operation and develop 4R Nutrient Management plans.

Fertilizer Canada is committed to increasing agricultural productivity while also helping to improve Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) water quality and environment. and will continue to work with the fertilizer industry to uphold the standards that are intended to support the adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The 4R Certification program will help the fertilizer industry increase the adoption and implementation of 4R Nutrient Stewardship on PEI farms. As a Fertilizer Canada member and/or stakeholder, your feedback is important to us. Any comments or feedback are to be submitted in writing to McKenzie Smith, Director of Nutrient Stewardship at Fertilizer Canada. The 45-day consultation period begun Monday July 15th with a submission deadline of August 31, 2019.

View the Draft 4R PEI Certification Standards Manual here. 

For submissions contact:

McKenzie Smith 

Director, Nutrient Stewardship

msmith@fertilizercanada.ca