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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority > FUNDING & EXPERTISE > Eligible Projects > Controlling Cropland Erosion

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Manage Your Soil


Soil Testing and Nutrient Management Planning

50% of costs, up to $500 (stand alone) or $1,000 (with another project)

When was the last time you tested your soil? Improving soil performance requires different actions on each farm, making soil testing an important part of crop production and nutrient management. We can help you plan your nutrients to optimize crop yield and quality by covering 50% of the costs of soil testing. Soil testing will help you assess your soil, identify problem areas, and track changes in soil condition. 

Cover Crops

$25 per acre for seed, up to $2,000
Cover crops can boost your profits and prevent soil erosion. You'll notice improved soil health within the first year of planting! Cover crops improve soil health by improving infiltration of excess surface water, relieving compaction of overtilled soil and adding organic matter to encourage beneficial soil microbial life. This improved soil health will increase your crop yields, with the added benefit of reduced soil erosion in the winter months.

Controlling Cropland Erosion

50% of costs, up to $5,000

How much of your soil is lost to erosion each year? Install a WASCoB, grassed waterway, terrace, drop structure or water and sediment control basin, and protect valuable soil resources from erosion.

Soil Testing and Nutrient Management Planning

​What projects are eligible?

  • Soil testing and analysis by accredited laboratories
  • Nutrient management plans and strategies approved by OMAFRA.
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if it meets the objective of the category

Project Details

To receive financial assistance on soil testing and nutrient management planning under this program, applicants must follow accepted soil sampling guidelines as outlined by OMAFRA.

Visit CALA Directory of Laboratories or Standards Council of Canada to search for an accredited lab near you.

Projects must a minimum cost of $500 before tax.

What costs are covered?

  • Permits
  • Professional consulting fees for nutrient management planning by a certified crop advisor or an agronomist
  • Nutrient management training through OMAFRA; an individual can apply to this program for the training costs one time only
  • Only one of consulting fees for nutrient management planning OR nutrient management training can be claimed under this category
  • Soil and manure nutrient sampling and analysis from accredited labs
  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Soil samples from non-accredited labs
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. Please print and submit the completed forms by mail, email or in-person, to your area Stewardship Technician.

  1. Applicant Information Form
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Project Guidelines
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Refer to the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing and submitting all required documents for a complete application package. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact a Stewardship Technician to verify program eligibility and to answer any questions/concerns you may have about the program and/or the application process. This is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.

Cover Crops

What projects are eligible?

  • Establishment of non-economic cover crops on land where they have not previously been applied or applying a new type of cover crop that has not been used previously
  • Inter-planting of cover crops in-season on land where they have not previously been applied, or inter-planting with a new type of cover crop
  • Completed applications for over-winter cover crops must be received by LSRCA Stewardship Staff no later than July 31st for fall sowing in the same year. In-season cover crop applications must be received by Jan 15 in the same planting year
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if it meets the objective of the category.

Project Details

Where cover cropping has been practiced in previous years, please provide a copy of the previous year’s seed list and receipt(s).

A detailed, three year cover cropping plan and rotation plan is to be included with the application. Please identify the location and size of all fields where a cover crop is to be applied. LSRCA Stewardship staff must conduct a site visit to verify cover crop species, areas planted and growth.

Landowners can re-apply for funding assistance for a maximum of three years, but are still subject to formal annual review and approval processes.

For more information and considerations when choosing cover crops, visit Midwest Cover Crops Council or the Innovations in Cover Crops to use their cover cropping decision tools.

What costs are covered?

  • Cost of appropriate non-economic cover crop seed

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. Please print and submit the completed forms by mail, email or in-person, to your area Stewardship Technician.

  1. Applicant Information Form
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Project Guidelines
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Refer to the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing and submitting all required documents for a complete application package. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact a Stewardship Technician to verify program eligibility and to answer any questions/concerns you may have about the program and/or the application process. This is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.

Controlling Cropland Erosion

What projects are eligible?​

  • Grassed waterways
  • Water and sediment control basin (WASCoB)
  • Terraces
  • Drop Structures
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if it meets the objective of the category.

Project Details

Conservation tillage practices are encouraged on adjacent fields and all collected water must be taken to a sufficient and legal outlet.

Projects must be constructed according to Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s Soil and Erosion Manual specifications. Design by professional engineers may be advisable on complex and/or large projects. The private sector is expected to fill these requirements. Supervision of construction is not mandatory, yet may be specified as required by program representatives on large and/or complex projects.

Projects must obtain approval from appropriate agencies prior to construction. In addition, any work done on municipal drains also requires prior approval from the municipality. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet all municipal, provincial and/or federal regulatory or legal requirements.

What costs are covered?

  • Professional designs
  • Tile outlet protection including rip rap or appropriate armour material, filter cloth, rodent guards
  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant’s business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant’s business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with LSRCA you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance.

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. Please print and submit the completed forms by mail, email or in-person, to your area Stewardship Technician.

  1. Applicant Information Form
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Project Guidelines
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Refer to the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing and submitting all required documents for a complete application package. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact a Stewardship Technician to verify program eligibility and to answer any questions/concerns you may have about the program and/or the application process. This is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.

How can you get started?

The process is simple. Identify a project that will improve your productivity and protect your land. Contact our Stewardship experts to book a free, confidential site visit to review your project and begin the application process. 

Not sure what projects can support your business? Our Stewardship Technicians can visit your property to help you identify opportunities.