Canola 4R Advantage

More efficient. More precise. More sustainable.

Canola 4R Advantage offers incentives to help growers initiate or advance 4R Nutrient Stewardship on canola acres. Expanding the use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship is an important opportunity to improve fertilizer efficiency, which is good for both farm productivity and our environment. Funding for Canola 4R Advantage is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF).

The deadline to submit applications for the current application intake is February 17, 2023. The current application intake covers eligible costs paid between February 7, 2022 and March 31, 2023 for BMPs implemented in the 2022 or 2023 planting season. Visit our Apply and Claim page to learn more.

The CCC hosted a webinar on December 16, 2022, that provided details on Canola 4R Advantage and how to apply for funding, along with a grower and agronomist perspective on the on-farm benefits of implementing 4R practices and how an agronomist can become 4R Designated.

The webinar was moderated by the CCC’s Jay Whetter and included presentations from:

  • Dwight Odelein, grower from Quill Lake, SK
  • Dan Heaney, PhD, P.Ag, CCA 4R NMS
  • Jason Casselman, CCC agronomy specialist
  • Samara Hutton, CCC director – corporate programs

BMPs funded

Growers can apply for funding to help pay for best management practices (BMPs) focused on nitrogen management. Up to 85 per cent of eligible costs can be reimbursed – up to $12,000 per farm each year.

1. Soil testing

Soil sampling and lab analysis to help growers optimize nutrient applications based on soil needs and yield potential

2. Enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF)

Products designed to release nitrogen over a longer period of time so more nutrients can be taken up by plants, and less nitrogen is lost to the atmosphere

3. Preferred application

Methods that band nitrogen into soil near seeding time or apply nutrients while canola crops are growing

4. Field zone mapping

Consulting services to help growers pinpoint areas where applying more or less nitrogen can provide the best returns, based on past management practices, yield potential, terrain and a host of other factors

Learn more about BMP eligibility.

The first step: a verified 4R plan

To qualify for financial support, growers need a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Plan verified by a Certified Crop Adviser or Professional Agrologist who has earned the 4R Nutrient Stewardship designation from Fertilizer Canada.

To find a qualified CCA or P.Ag. in your area, visit the Fertilizer Canada website for a listing of 4R designated agri-retailers.

Why choose 4R Nutrient Stewardship?

4R practices help grow the value of canola – for farmers, and for our planet.

The canola industry’s goal is to see 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices on 90 per cent of canola acres. It’s one of the key sustainability targets of our industry strategic plan.

More precise
4R Nutrient Stewardship helps growers apply the right source of fertilizer at the right rate, right time and right place for optimal results.

More efficient
Fertilizer dollars go further when growers can maximize the crop’s access to nutrients and minimize any losses.

More sustainable
The 4R program is recognized internationally as an effective set of practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while optimizing yields and profitability.

Learn more about 4R Nutrient Stewardship.


Funding for Canola 4R Advantage has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF).

The Canola 4R Advantage information presented on this website is the latest available, and is subject to change without notice as the program evolves.