Tillage and Nutrient Application Equipment Modifications


Stream: Producer



Who should apply?

Producers who have not shifted to a strip-till or no-till system or who could improve existing reduced till system with residue management equipment or nutrient application equipment modifications.

To apply you must have completed

Have you completed an Environmental Farm Plan?

Having a verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan is required to apply for all Environmental Stewardship Project Categories. If you haven’t completed one, sign up here.

The project being applied for must be identified as an action in the EFP, and effectively move a “1” or “2” rating to “3” or “4” (best) rating

Eligible activities and expenditures

A separate application must be submitted for each activity/equipment upgrade. To apply for multiple activities, please submit multiple applications.

  • Activity A: Improved fertilizer management options that work in high residue or no-till situations
    • Equipment or components to enable banding, variable or controlled applications, including high clearance equipment modifications to facilitate in-crop applications
    • Fertilizer carts, only if used in conjunction with existing strip-till units (e.g., for subsurface placement of fertilizer)
  • Activity B: Tillage and planting improvements that work in high residue or no-till situations
    • Strip-till units or components
    • No-till planting units or components
    • Row cleaners, trash whippers or similar
  • Activity C: Equipment for the purpose of managing cover crops
    • Roller crimpers
    • Cover crop planting equipment
  • In-kind contributions

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Purchase of any complete no-till or strip-till unit if the operation has previously used reduced tillage for a crop in the rotation (e.g., not a new practice to the farm operation, regardless of crop rotation)
  • Yield monitors
  • GPS receivers, new monitors/displays, autosteer or guidance systems and activations/unlocks related to guidance systems
  • Annual services fees of any type
  • Upgrades to tractors, combines
  • Upgrades to spray equipment, with the exception of high clearance equipment to facilitate in-crop applications or modifications to allow planting of cover crops
  • Tires or tracks
  • Self-propelled equipment
  • Maintenance costs
  • Warranties for equipment or components used to modify equipment
  • Any tillage equipment that is not strip-till
  • Any planting equipment that is not no-till
  • Any equipment or equipment customizations that do not support an increase in soil health or a decrease in nutrient loss

Available cost-share

40 per cent, up to a maximum of $20,000

Required documentation

Merit assessment criteria

  • Project addresses risk identified in EFP Action Plan
  • Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through project
  • Number of acres covered by new/modified equipment

Other useful information:

  • Cost-share funding in this project category is limited to a maximum of up to three eligible projects for the remaining program years (i.e. a total maximum of up to 3 projects per farm business over program years 3, 4 and 5 combined).
  • An additional 5 per cent in cost-share funding may available to successful producers who provide information on the Systems Approach section of the application to demonstrate that the project will be complemented or enhanced by the continued maintenance of three previously implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs). For more information, click here.

What's Next?

Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Program Requirements


For more information on upcoming application intakes, visit ontariosoilcrop.org

Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.

A farm business may have up to two (2) applications approved in an intake or under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.

There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.

Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.

Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. Applications that are selected using a merit-based review process are approved on a continuous basis while funds remain available.

Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.

Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.

You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1-367 Woodlawn Road W, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K9.

Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:

  • Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
  • Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.
  • Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.

The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.

The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.

New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:

  • File personal income taxes in Ontario
  • Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
  • Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
  • Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
  • Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying

New producers are eligible for:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Plans
  • Marketing Plans
  • Nutrient Management and Soil Health Planning
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Animal Health)
  • Food Safety and Traceability Gap Assessment and Pre-audit
  • Food Safety and Traceability Training
  • Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Plant Health)

If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.


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Edit date: December 10, 2020

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