Project Manager – Pedology, agr.
Catherine Bossé (agr.) earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Université Laval. She has over 10 years of experience in soil science and project management. Her previous positions at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and at an agri-environmental advisory club saw her participate in research projects in agricultural settings, including a national agricultural watershed project—the Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices Program. A soil science project manager since 2017, Catherine strives to raise awareness and understanding of soil science and to make it more accessible to farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural community. One of her objectives is to improve methods for acquiring and interpreting soil data. Her role will also involve providing support to IRDA researchers on matters of soil science. Some of the areas where soil science has a major impact include soil and water conservation, crop fertilization, organic farming, and soil microbiology.
This research project aims to establish technical, economic, social and environmental benchmarks for irrigation of field and forage crops.
This project aims to develop a digital decision support tool to improve the nutritional quality and yield of alfalfa from analyses of the nutritional quality of forages, based on its relationship with soil fertility and health, while including the other pedoclimatic parameters that define alfalfa production conditions.
This project is to arouse interest in approaches to soil health and conservation and to promote their adoption by a greater number of Quebec field crop farmers.