Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.
Major InitiativesMajor initiatives (3)
Activity areaLivestock production (17) Market gardening (38) Fruit production (47) Field crops (34)
ServicesSoil health (28) Water protection (20) Air quality (9) Ecosystem protection (8) Optimal water management (23) Fertilizer management (31) Pest, weed, and disease control (60) Animal welfare (5) Food safety and quality (5) Organic farming (25) Waste conversion (10) Environmental regulations (5) Coexisting in an agricultural environment (4) Laboratory analyzes (3)
Years2023 (1) 2022 (4) 2021 (12) 2020 (24) 2019 (57) 2018 (105) 2017 (124) 2016 (88) 2015 (54) 2014 (29) 2013 (6)
This project looks to develop decision-support tools informed by observations of “bellwether” plots and use these tools to disseminate relevant information to irrigators.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
This project aims to develop a GHD-based fertilizer management system using split band applications for high-N-demand crops grown in rows, e.g., summer cabbage.
The project’s overall goal is to slow the arrival of Spotted Wing Drosophila in crop plots using mass trapping at overwintering sites.
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
The Rivière de la Roche sub-watershed has one of the highest phosphorus and sediment export rates of the entire Missisquoi Bay watershed—a particularly challenging situation for the local agricultural sector.
This project proposes an intervention in a typical potato cropping system to enhance the crop uptake of water and nitrogen.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
The goal of the project is to improve biological methods for controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in canola crops. In this project, initiated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and conducted in Québec by UQAM, IRDA is performing an economic analysis of the practices under study.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
This project’s main goal is to demonstrate how to satisfy most of the requirements of a strongly N-dependent crop by improving N-supply synchronization, while protecting the farmers’ prior year revenue-generating window.
This project aims to reduce Japanese beetle populations using localized applications that minimize environmental and health risks
This project aims to improve our understanding of the evolution and spatial variability of soil health indicators as barometers of climate change.
This project will evaluate the efficiency of the initial releases of sterile spotted wing drosophilas on fall raspberry plots.
This project’s goal is to develop a large-scale inundative release method using the same trichogramma species employed in a previous project.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
Validation and adaptation of pest and disease monitoring and decision support tools.
Analyzing the factors influencing European corn borer abundance in Québec to improve monitoring methods and better manage future risks associated with this pest.
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production