Helping farmers find field solutions backed by science.
Following best management practices isn’t as simple as it sounds. Resilient Fields is a new, free online tool to help Ontario crop farmers find sustainable solutions for field-based problems.
Resilient Fields will help you weigh options ahead of your growing season and your entire crop rotation. Use the app with your crop advisor or on your own to balance trade-offs and find sustainable solutions that are backed by science and supported by articles and videos. You can also access other tools such as the 4Rs, cover crop choices, maps and many more.
How it Works
First, you input specific field conditions and your current agronomic practices. Then you identify a particular concern you have. The app offers advice broken down into four categories of concern:
- Keeping your soils
- Managing nutrient loss
- Managing the growing season
- Handling water and drainage issues
Why It’s Important
Even if your goals are straightforward, there are many potential scenarios you could follow to achieve them. In many cases, you will face a range of options and trade-offs when it comes to field management. The app is designed to streamline the process of making field management decisions while respecting sustainable farming practices.
Want to know more?
The CFFO has received $482,275 in CAP cost-share funding toward developing an online app that will help you choose the right mix of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for your farm. Begun in 2019, the project will be completed with the official launch of Resilient Fields in August 2021.
Research and development support for the project is provided by Agri-Food Economic Systems. We are pleased to be partnering with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and a broader group of certified crop advisors across the province to provide early design feedback during the current phase of the project.
This project is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assisted in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario.