2007 Nutrient Management Protocol for Ontario Regulation 267/03 Made under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002

Part 4 - Introduction to Nutrient Management Strategies and Plans

Table of Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. The Difference Between a Nutrient Management Strategy and a Nutrient Management Plan

4.1 Purpose

4.1.1 Nutrient Management Strategy

A NMS sets out an environmentally acceptable method for managing all prescribed materials generated at an agricultural or non-agricultural operation. Where prescribed materials are generated in the course of the operation, the operation shall ensure that the nutrients are managed in accordance with a NMS if the operation is phased in by the Regulation, Part II.

4.1.2 Nutrient Management Plan

A NMP details how nutrients are to be applied to a given land base. A NMP is based on both the components of the nutrients used and the characteristics of the field. The NMP optimizes the utilization of the nutrients by crops in the field and minimizes environmental impacts. A person who owns or controls an agricultural operation, which is phased in by the Regulation, Part II, and generates ≥ 300 NU or is located within 100 meters of a municipal well must ensure that nutrients are managed in accordance with a NMP if they land apply nutrients on their farm unit. This requirement is also applicable where non-agricultural source material is received at the agricultural operation unless certain notice requirements as set out in the Regulation are met. For those phased in farms that receive non-agricultural source materials then an approved NMP will also be required.

4.1.3 Tools for Nutrient Management Plans and Strategies

A person may use any method for preparing NMSs and NMPs that addresses the components required by this Protocol. One option is to make use of the OMAFRA computer program. The OMAFRA has developed "NMAN", a nutrient management computer program with an associated workbook for the purpose of completing a NMS or NMP for agricultural operations. A NMS or NMP for an agricultural operation can both be completed using the NMAN Software program or the associated workbook developed by the OMAFRA. NMSs for the non-agricultural generators must be prepared in accordance with Part 6 of this Protocol.

NMAN is designed to either produce or accommodate all of the components of the NMS and NMP. NMAN can be found on the OMAFRA website and is available from the OMAFRA for use with this Protocol and the Regulation.

4.2 The Difference Between a Nutrient Management Strategy and a Nutrient Management Plan

4.2.1 Identification of the Components

A NMS for agricultural generators includes the following components that are also required components of a NMP:

  1. Description of the operation
  2. Contingency plan
  3. List of storage facilities
  4. Farm Unit Declaration Form
  5. Farm Unit sketch

A complete list of components required for NMSs and NMPs for agricultural operations is found in table 4.2.1 below. Information on the requirements for a non-agricultural operation NMS can be found in Part 6 of the Protocol.

Within this Protocol, each component required to be included in a NMS and NMP in relation to prescribed material is discussed in relation to either a NMP or NMS. Some components are required by both the NMS and NMP.

Table 4.2.1 Identifying Components Required in Nutrient Management Strategies and Nutrient Management Plans for Agricultural Operations
  Component Considerations in a Strategy
Y = Yes
N = No
Considerations in a Plan
Y = Yes
N = No
Operation Information Description of the Operation Y Y
Agreements Y Y
For Farm Units Farm Unit Declaration Form Y Y
Farm Unit Sketch Y Y
Inventory and Description of Prescribed Materials List of Prescribed Materials (generated and received) Y Y
Analysis of Nutrient Content or use of Appendix 1 information N Y
Destination and Storage Destinations Y N
Storage Facilities Y Y
Contingency Plan Contingency Plan Y Y
Sign-off form Sign-off form Y Y
Field Information Field Properties N Y
Field Sketches N Y
Soil Samples and Analysis N Y
Crop Information Crop Rotation and Yields N Y
Tillage Practices N Y
Nutrient Application Information Commercial Fertilizer Application N Y
Application of Prescribed Materials N Y
Agronomic and Crop Removal Balance for Nitrogen N Y
Agronomic and Crop Removal Balance for Phosphorous N Y
Common Land Application Setbacks/Limits N Y
Demonstration of Adequate Land base N Y
Information on a regulated mixed anaerobic digestion ("AD") facility Y N


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Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 20 July 2007
Last Reviewed: 20 July 2007