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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2020-2023

Hydrological impacts of cropping systems and degradation of soil physical condition

Hydrological impacts of cropping systems and physical soil degradation.

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Simon Ricard
Marc-Olivier Gasser
2021-2024

Reducing N2O emissions through best fertilization practices

Reducing N2O emissions from organic and inorganic fertilizers using 4R practices and other nitrogen conservation approaches on Quebec farms – assessment and quantification protocols

Researcher: Simon Ricard

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Simon Ricard
2020-2023

Low flow estimation for land development within small watersheds considering climate change

Development of a method for estimating low/ecological flows in the context of culvert development taking into account the impact of climate change.

Researcher: Simon Ricard

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Simon Ricard
2020-2022

Hydrologic monitoring of Castors and Morpions brooks

Hydrologic monitoring of Castors and Morpions brooks.

Researcher: Simon Ricard

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Simon Ricard
2021-2024

Sustainable water management within Lanoraie wetland watershed

Sustainable water management within Lanoraie wetland watershed.

Researcher: Simon Ricard

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Simon Ricard
2021-2024

Hydrologic response to soil physical condition within Pot-au-beurre and Saint-Germain rivers

Hydrologic response to soil physical condition within Pot-au-beurre and Saint-Germain rivers.

Researcher: Simon Ricard

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Simon Ricard
2021-2023 • Field crops

LandCoM: Land cover mapping


The LandCoM project aims to develop an automated method for evaluating by remote sensing the percentage of soil cover by crop residues and cover crops.

Researcher: Simon Ricard

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Simon Ricard
2021-2022 • Fruit production

Testing a wind machine as a method of protecting against flower frost in cultivated wild blueberries

The objective of this project is to measure the performance of a portable wind machine.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2021-2024

Testing a mobile drip irrigation system on potato farms

This project aims to optimize water use in irrigated potato crops.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2021-2023

Pilot project on the use of rainwater in the horticultural industry

This project aims to collect data to guide rainwater capture and recovery for use on farms to.

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Carl Boivin
Caroline Côté
Stéphane Godbout
2021-2023 • Fruit production

Improve the environmental conditions of cultivated wild blueberries using cultural practices relating to tillage, water management and fertilization

The results of this project will provide tools to support producers and ensure the competitiveness and development of Wild Boreal Blueberry and organic blueberry production sectors, two of Quebec’s specialties.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2020-2024 • Field crops

Technical, economic, social and environmental guidelines for the use of irrigation on corn, soybeans and fodder crops

This research project aims to establish technical, economic, social and environmental benchmarks for irrigation of field and forage crops.

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Carl Boivin
Catherine Bossé
Simon Ricard
2020-2023 • Market gardening

Evaluation of the agronomic performance of 10 broccoli varieties under commercial production

This project aims to limit the impacts of climate change on broccoli crops by evaluating and documenting the tolerance to climatic stress of 10 broccoli varieties intended for the fresh market.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2020-2022 • Fruit production

Pilot project on the effectiveness of methods of protecting against fruit frost in cultivated wild blueberries

The purpose of this pilot project is to evaluate various methods of protecting fruit from freezing in wild blueberry crops for the fresh market.

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