Cover Crops

Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

Producers who have not left cover crops undisturbed throughout the winter more than three times in the past five years.

To apply you must have

  • A verified complete 4th Edition EFP or a peer-reviewed 3rd Edition EFP

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Cost of seed for cover crops seeded across an entire field to provide undisturbed cover over winter months (e.g. red clover, oilseed radish, mixtures)
  • Cost of seed for cover crops seeded in priority erosion prone areas (e.g. areas prone to water erosion, knolls on sandy soils) to provide undisturbed cover over winter months
  • Cost of seed for cover crops that are harvested or grazed, provided a minimum of 6 inches (15 cm) of cover crop growth is left intact over winter
  • Costs of planting cover crop incurred by the producer (in-kind) or custom applied (dedicated pass only)
  • In-kind contributions to a maximum of $2,000

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Costs for cover crops where growing cover crops and leaving undisturbed over-winter is a routine practice that has been used by the farm business at least four times over the last five years.
  • Costs associated with mechanical or chemical termination of the cover crop
  • Fertilizer and crop protection costs
  • Crops that will be harvested or grazed leaving less than 6 inches (15 cm) of cover crop growth over winter or cover crops that will be fall tilled
  • Alfalfa seed, winter wheat seed or seed for other commodity crops
  • Seed mixes containing invasive plant species (see invadingspecies.com/plants/)
  • Equipment purchase or modification costs
  • Seed produced by the farm business applying for funding

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $10,000

Required documentation

  • A Letter of Review or a Certificate of Completion for a 3rd or 4th Edition EFP
  • A dated photograph of the cover crop established in the field must be submitted at time of claim

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
  • Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through project

Other useful information:

  • Applicants may be eligible to receive funding for cover crops up to three times on the same fields (separate applications must be submitted for each program year).


What's Next?

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Edit date: January 29, 2019

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Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca