BMP Requirements

BMP requirements

Click on the links to see BMP criteria that must be met for Canola 4R Advantage eligibility. Please see the Program Guidelines for other required criteria.

Soil testing

Canola 4R Advantage can reimburse up to 85 per cent of the cost of a basic soil testing package for macronutrients, plus up to 85 per cent of any third-party soil sampling costs (if applicable). To be eligible for incentives from this program:

  • Total sample depth must be a minimum of 12 inches
  • Soil analysis for nitrogen content must be conducted using analytical protocols recognized by the Soil Science Society of America
  • Soil testing must be done by one of these approved laboratories:
    • Agvise Laboratories
    • A&L Canada
    • AGAT Laboratories
    • Down to Earth
    • Farmers Edge
    • Western Ag
    • Elements  
    • Midwest Laboratories
  • Soil sampling methods and criteria must be prepared and signed off by a 4R designated agronomist.

Please note that the program covers the cost of basic macronutrient lab analysis. If the grower opts for an enhanced analysis service, the additional cost must be indicated on the receipt or invoice so that eligible costs can be determined for this program.

Field zone mapping for variable rate nitrogen

Canola 4R Advantage can provide incentives to use consulting services that help identify optimal nitrogen rates for different field zones, considering management practices, soil properties, yield potential, terrain, cropping history and more.

To be eligible:

  • Field zone mapping must include at least two zones for nitrogen application.
  • A 4R designated agronomist must prepare and sign off on the soil zone mapping criteria and methodology.
  • The 4R designated agronomist must also verify that the appropriate nitrogen rates were applied to each zone.

Enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF)

The following products are eligible for this program. For all products on this list, the active ingredients and formulations have been scientifically tested and documented for effectiveness. More products may be added to the list in future program years if efficacy can be demonstrated by independent testing.

Please note that nitrification and urease inhibitors must be used together to be an eligible practice under AAFC’s OFCAF program guidelines. A list of approved dual inhibitors is provided below. If there’s a case where you intend to use individual nitrification and urease inhibitor products to be blended together, please contact us to ensure the products you are using will be eligible.

Dual inhibitors

wdt_ID Active ingredient Brand name
1 NBPT/DMPP ArmU Advanced 
5 NBPT/DCD Agrotain Plus SC 
7 NBPT/DMPP NLock Advanced
8 NBPT/DCD SuperU 
11 NBPT/Pronitridine Tribune 
12 NBPT/DCD/Solvent and Copolymer blend Trident V

Controlled-release nitrogen

  • Polymer-coated urea (ESN)

Preferred application

The CCC program can reimburse up to 85 per cent of the higher cost (up to 3 cents per pound) of nitrogen fertilizer switched from fall nitrogen application to either of these two preferred options:

  • Spring banding of fertilizer directly into soil, where nutrients can be readily captured and converted into a non-gaseous form that will be less likely to escape as greenhouse gases
  • Split application, with a portion of fertilizer applied at planting through banding, and the remainder applied in-crop

To be eligible, the grower’s fertilizer plan and fertilizer application(s) must be approved and verified by a 4R designated agronomist.

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.