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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Pheromone dispenser
2016-2018 • Fruit production

Large-scale use of codling moth mating disruption in Quebec orchards

The aim of our project was to increase the acreage on which mating disruption is used against the codling moth in all of Québec’s apple-growing regions.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
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
Hay

A digital decision support tool for optimizing resources in animal nutrition, energy, and biomaterials

This project is part of a broader effort to develop a descriptive grid of agricultural biomass residues to support decisions about how they can optimally be recovered.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Épinettes. Credit: Axel Kristinsson.
2018

Evaluation of the anti-germination, phytotoxic, and biostimulant potential of forest residue extracts

The purpose of the project is to evaluate the anti-germination, phytotoxic, and biostimulant potential of five types of forest residue.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Dairy cows
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Substituting corn for hulless barley in dairy cow rations – an economic analysis

Economic analysis for an Agrinova project that measures the optimal amount of hulless barley to replace some of the grain corn in dairy cow rations without affecting milk production and milk components.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Dairy cows

Adapting intensive grazing and robotic milking in organic milk production – an economic analysis

Economic analysis of a project initiated by Agrinova to encourage cows to move from the pasture to the milking parlor.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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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
Baby lettuce
2017-2018 • Market gardening

Multidisciplinary assessment of organic production systems for baby lettuce on muck soil

This project aims to assess the impact of cropping practices on baby lettuce yields and quality on muck soil.

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Caroline Côté
Annabelle Firlej
Trichogramma
2016-2018 • Market gardening

Release of trichogramma wasps by drone, a new approach to the control of the European corn borer in processing sweet corn

Evaluation of the potential of drones to optimize trichogramma releases against the European corn borer on processing sweet corn in Québec.

Researcher: Josée Boisclair

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Josée Boisclair
Bullstrode river
2017-2018

Hydrological monitoring of the Rivière Bullstrode watershed

The project consisted of setting up and operating six hydrometric stations in the Riviére Bullstrode watershed.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
River in the winter
2017-2021

Using isotopic techniques to investigate soil erosion processes

Quantification of the scale of soil displacement and net sediment production in the past 50 years for various soil textures and compare these results with those generated by modeling the watershed with SWAT.

Researcher: Claude Bernard

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Claude Bernard
Strawberry field
2017-2019 • Fruit production

Organic strawberries grown on organic mulch: impact of nitrogen fertilization strategies on crop yields and profitability

This project tests cost-effective organic fertilization strategies for summer strawberries on plastic.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Fire blight disease
2017-2020 • Fruit production

Fire blight initiative

Research projects on controlling fire blight.

Researcher: Vincent Philion

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Vincent Philion
Pyrolytic oils
2018-2019

Developing biostimulants from pyrolytic oils produced from agricultural and forestry biomass

The general goal of the project is to develop biostimulants from oils produced by the rapid pyrolysis of crop and logging residues.

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Stéphane Godbout
Richard Hogue
Corn field
2017-2020 • Field crops

Validation of soil health indicators as a nitrogen uptake prediction tool

The objective of this project is to develop a prediction model for soil nitrogen supplies based on biological soil health indicators.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry

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