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.

Results for Field crops
Corn field
2019-2023 • Field crops

Improving nitrogen management in Québec grain corn

This project will determine the optimal post-emergent nitrogen dose to apply.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Agricultural drainage
2019-2022 • Field crops

Using controlled drainage to optimize water and nutrient uptake by crops

This project relies on the continuous measurement of field water table heights; water exports; as well as sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus runoff into drains at four field-crop production sites.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
Soy field
2019-2021 • Field crops

Validating and implementing a predictive model of soybean sclerotinia stem rot in Québec

A better understanding of risk factors that favour the development of this disease will help Québec farmers adopt more environmentally friendly and cost-effective control strategies.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Nitrogen fertilizers
2019-2022 • Field crops

Assessing the cost-effectiveness of improved nitrogen fertilizer applications

This research project, initiated by the CÉROM grain research centre, looks to assess the cost-effectiveness of nitrogen fertilizer applications improved by the addition of urea, for use with winter wheat crops grown in Québec.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Corn field
2019-2021 • Field crops

Analyzing the cost-effectiveness of adopting integrated pest control management for field and horticulture crops.

Collaboration for a cost-effectiveness analysis to identify the most promising practices and strategies to reduce the use of pesticide.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Narrow organic field crops
2019-2023 • Field cropsMarket gardening

Developing a mechanical weeding strategy for narrow-row organic field and vegetable crops

Experimenting narrow-row crop weed control strategy on three crops: green beans, peas, and soybeans.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc
2018-2019 • Field crops

HebdEau: a pilot project to develop sound irrigation management decision-support tools

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

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Carl Boivin
2018-2019 • Field cropsLivestock production

Cost-benefit analysis of proposed actions to reduce the phosphorus load entering Missisquoi Bay from the Rivière de la Roche watershed

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.

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Aubert Michaud
Luc Belzile
2018-2019 • Field crops

Improving the efficiency of rainwater and irrigation use in the potato cropping system

This project proposes an intervention in a typical potato cropping system to enhance the crop uptake of water and nitrogen.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2018-2022 • Field crops

Biological control of cabbage seedpod weevil in the Prairies – Economic Analysis

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

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Luc Belzile
2018-2020 • Field crops

A study on synchronizing the supply of n from green manure in order to reduce or replace the use of swine slurry as a fertilizer for post-emergent corn, in the context of the transition to organic farming

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.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Soil
2018-2021 • Field crops

Evolution of spatial indicators of soil health in Québec and Ontario in response to a changing climate

This project aims to improve our understanding of the evolution and spatial variability of soil health indicators as barometers of climate change.

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Claude Bernard
Soya field
2018-2020 • Field crops

Testing biofungicides against white mold in soybean crops – an economic analysis

Testing the efficacy of four biofungicides against Sclerotinia in soybeans.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Clover
2016-2018 • Field crops

Promoting undersown clover cover crops in small grain production: A network of farm demonstration plots across Québec

Demonstration project to showcase the ability of undersown clover cover crops to reduce nitrogen fertilizer requirements in crops.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser

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