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.

Hen house
2019-2023 • Livestock production

Developing strategies for animal welfare-compliant livestock buildings, to minimize health risks to workers

This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Dairy farm in construction
2019-2021 • Livestock production

Developing a monitoring tool and new construction techniques to boost the sustainability of agricultural structures

This project will gather and share up-to-date information on new techniques and critical points related to the construction of farm buildings and their sustainability.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Castors' Steam, Brome-Missisquoi County
2019-2023

Installing and operating a hydrometric station at Ruisseau aux Castors

IRDA has been mandated to design, install, and operate a hydrometric station at the watershed outlet of Ruisseau aux Castors in the Brome-Missisquoi regional county municipality.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
Irrigation system
2019-2021 • Field cropsMarket gardening

A technology showcase of irrigation management decision-support tools for use in a variety of contexts

Showcase that will present and compare, in an impartial manner, a number of decision-support tools and technologies.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Bouchard steam, Granby
2019-2020

Hydrometric monitoring of the Ruisseau Bouchard watershed

This project will assist with the ongoing hydrometric monitoring of the flux and quality of water in Ruisseau Bouchard.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
River
2019-2023 • Livestock production

Developing a procedure and tools that utilize genetic markers to identify fecal contamination sources in waterways

This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Strawberries
2019-2021 • Fruit production

A study of workforce productivity and its determinants in Québec’s strawberry sector

Project studying ways to maximize workforce productivity in strawberry production.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Pigpen
2019-2020 • Livestock production

Developing an air quality measurement tool with an integrated digital interface for use in livestock buildings

Project, conducted in collaboration with a Belgian team, to develop an integrated tool for measuring the air quality in livestock buildings.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Boyer River, Quebec
2019 • Field crops

EPERLAB Project: A collective effort to study and restore Rivière Boyer

Project to restore the rainbow smelt spawning grounds at the mouth of Rivière Boyer on the St. Lawrence River.

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Aubert Michaud
Luc Belzile
Hay and corn
2019-2022 • Market gardeningField crops

Including perennial fodder crops as “cut and carry” nitrogen sources in long-term rotations of organically grown potatoes and field crops

We will compare the ability of mixed protocols using blended green manure, with or without the addition of farm manure, to satisfy the nitrogen requirements of a silage corn rotation crop.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Winter wheat
2019-2022 • Field crops

Measuring the impact of winter vs. spring cereals on profitability, soil health, and pesticide use

Ten test sites will operate over a two-year period on farms spread over ten Québec regions to compare the performance of winter and spring cereals.

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Caroline Côté
Luc Belzile
Organic broccoli
2019-2021 • Market gardening

A comparative study of organic fertilizers with a high, effective nitrogen to total phosphorus ratio (Neff / Ptot) as a basis for developing productive and sustainable market gardening fertilization strategies

In this study, we will test alfalfa meal pellets in a broccoli crop planted on plastic-covered irrigated mounds and we will compare them with two organic fertilizer, in addition to a control treatment in which no nitrogen is added.

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Christine Landry
Caroline Côté
Field
2019-2021 • Field cropsMarket gardening

OGeMOS Project: Developing and deploying an online tool for managing soil organic matter

This project will develop a versatile tool that will allow to simulate the impacts of agricultural practices on soil organic matter.

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Aubert Michaud
Marc-Olivier Gasser
Forage crop
2019-2023 • Market gardeningField crops

Implementing a three-year sustainable forage crop rotation for potato and field crop farmers

This project seeks to create farmer partnerships in which participants work on implementing a three-year forage crop rotation protocol in potato and field crop fields.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Apple maggot, Photo credit: Laboratoire d'expertise et de diagnostic en phytoprotection - MAPAQ
2019-2020 • Fruit production

Using apple maggot mass trapping with attracticidal spheres to cut back on insecticide applications in orchards

This project seeks to reduce the use of chemical insecticides in orchards by controlling apple maggot populations using mass trapping.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier

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