In the Dirt: The 4Rs of Fertility Management and Their Impact on Field Decisions

Do you know your four Rs of fertility management? The 4Rs mean using the right fertilizer source, at the right rate for your soil and crop, making sure the nutrient is available in the right form at the right time.

If you haven’t ever heard of the 4R initiative, welcome to a new focus for the In the Dirt series, where Salford’s Jim Boak introduces you not just to the concept, but also to several Ontario farmers who are making great strides in integrated 4R management in to their farm business.

The 4Rs: Right rate, right form, right time, right place

As we kick off this first episode, Boak explains that the push behind the 4Rs is one that farmers should be proud of — this initiative is farmer and agriculture-industry driven, as a proactive approach to environmental stewardship, and not because of regulatory restrictions or bans.

A key focus of the 4Rs is recognizing soil fertility as an economic driver of the farm, and that these essential nutrients can be used while still maintaining soil health and providing stewardship of our lakes, rivers, and environment.

In this episode of In the Dirt, we hear from farmer Leo Guilbeault, and get a detailed look at what’s changed on the Guilbeault farm in a generation, and how a focus on the 4Rs is shaping how this farm manages its soil, nutrient decisions, tillage and more.

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