Our Focus Stewardship

Fertilizer Use in Canada

4R Nutrient Stewardship Grower Adoption

Fertilizer Use Survey

Canada’s agriculture industry is leading the way, providing innovative thinking for the sustainable use of fertilizer, making changes that positively impact the environment, the economy and the social fabrics of Canadian life. Fertilizer Canada promotes the voluntary adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®). Fertilizer Canada is improving the Canadian agriculture industry’s ability to report on sustainable nutrient stewardship practices. By linking commercial interest in the food sector, 4R Nutrient Stewardship can capture market opportunities arising from the food industry’s demand for information on how their food is being grown. Fertilizer retailers and farmers across Canada have adopted this framework to achieve cropping system goals and demonstrate enhanced environmental protection and improved sustainability, helping to maintain our soil, air, and water.

BACKGROUND

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 2019 growing seasons, the survey gathers data on fertilizer management practices and current knowledge of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®) from growers across the country. The survey currently gathers information from Canola growers in western Canada and Corn growers in Ontario.

SCOPE

  • Annual survey of Canadian growers
  • Currently, 500 Canola growers and 500 Ontario corn growers
  • Online 25 min survey – incentive of approx. $30 to complete
  • Supplier: Stratus Ag Research
  • Voluntary and unbiased
  • Self assessment – not validated

FULL DATA SET – Password protected

To access the below data sets, please contact Kelsey Hill, Nutrient Stewardship, Coordinator at khill@fertilizercanada.ca

ABOUT THE 2019 SURVEY

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 2019 growing seasons, the survey gathers data on fertilizer management practices and current knowledge of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®) from growers across the country. The survey also captures baseline data about corn, soybean, and canola crops in Canada. This information is essential for developing sustainability metrics and sound 4R Nutrient Stewardship strategies.

ABOUT THE 2017 SURVEY

This summary document provides key information on crops and fertilizer practices captured in the Fertilizer Use Survey, led by Pulse Canada, 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. Since the survey development in 2014, 1,940 growers nationwide have participated. The survey captured fertilizer use trends in 2014 for corn, soybean, canola, spring wheat and pea production; and corn, soybean, canola, winter wheat and barley production in 2015.

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