Research Projects

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.

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Farm - Ìle d'Orléans

Île d’Orléans farmers rally to tackle water shortage

This project aims to explore and experiment new approaches and ways to preserve, develop, and enhance the MRC’s bio-food sector, and reduce or eliminate the water deficit on the island.

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Carl Boivin
Stéphane Godbout
Pommes de terre
2019-2022 • Market gardening

Improving potato crop water-use efficiency by developing a deeper understanding of cultivars

The selection of a cultivar should be an essential element in any sound irrigation management strategy. This project aims to optimize water use in potato farming.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Potato field
2019-2022 • Market gardening

Improving potato crop water-use efficiency through cropping system modifications

Modifying the cropping system design is an effective way to improve potato crop water-use efficiency and, thereby, lessen the risk of crops experiencing water stress.

Researchers: Carl Boivin Luc Belzile

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Carl Boivin
Luc Belzile
Irrigation system

Quantitative and qualitative water management in crops

Designing and teaching a course for agricultural consultants.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Cucumbers
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Québec-wide potassium fertilization trial on fresh cucumber under fertigation

This project was aimed at determining potassium doses (5 doses) to apply before planting on nitrogen-fertigated cucumber crops grown on plastic mulch.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Drone
2017 • Market gardening

A study on the relationship between thermal imaging data collected by drone and agrometerological indicators of water stress in potato crops

The aim of this project was to study the relationship between thermal imaging data collected by drone and agrometerological indicators of water stress in potato crops.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Drip irrigation
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Potato fertigation using a drip irrigation system

The aim of this project was to leverage the efficiency of drip irrigation and splitting nitrogen inputs into multiple applications to reduce total nitrogen inputs per unit produced and provide better economic and environmental alternatives to conventional irrigation.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Potato field
2016-2018 • Market gardening

Impact of irrigation system management and cultivar on nitrogen use by potatoes under commercial production conditions

The goal of this project was to measure the impact of irrigation management on nitrogen uptake and available soil nitrogen on several cultivars under commercial production conditions.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Potatoes
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Cost-effectiveness of irrigation on Québec potato farms

The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Paper mulch

Optimizing methods of installing and maintaining commercial paper mulch

The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Irrigation pond

Control measures to reduce clogging in a St. Lawrence River water treatment process using slow sand filtration

To manage clogging risks, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom. 

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Potato plants
2016-2018 • Market gardening

Improve the efficiency of water use in different potato cultivars

The aim of the project was to measure the performance and water requirements of eight potato cultivars under commercial production conditions.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Irrigation system
2016-2017 • Market gardening

Improving irrigation management with accurate measurements of effective precipitation

The project consisted of manufacturing and testing a portable rain simulator to estimate, under various conditions, what proportion of irrigation water a crop is able to use.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Potato irrigation
2015-2017 • Market gardening

Developing decision support tools for integrated potato irrigation management

The aim of this project was to set up a support service to equip producers and others in the industry to improve their irrigation management.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin

The solutions developed by IRDA aim to...

Ensure the sustainability

and quality of soil, water, and air

Protect the health and well-being

of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare

Safeguard the economic viability

of crop and livestock production