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.

Organic soil
2019-2023 • Market gardening

Using cesium-137 to quantify organic horticultural soil erosion

Project to quantify the long-term (60+ years) severity of erosion of organic horticultural soils.

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Claude Bernard
Marc-Olivier Gasser
Plane above corn field
2019-2021 • Market gardening

Optimizing the aerial release of trichogramma wasps to control the European corn borer in sweet corn destined for processing

Aerial spraying to optimize the release of trichogramma wasps in order to control the European corn borer over large areas of sweet corn crops in Québec.

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Potato field
2019-2022 • Market gardening

Developing a soil microbiome monitoring method to select potato crop management practices that reduce soil-borne pathogens and pesticide applications

Method to monitor and control telluric pathogens affecting potatoes that takes into account the interactions between these pathogens and other soil microbiome organisms.

Researchers: Richard Hogue Luc Belzile

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Richard Hogue
Luc Belzile
Swines
2019-2021 • Livestock production

A technical and economic study on labour productivity and the competitiveness of hog producers in Québec

This project will evaluate labour productivity and identify best practices and recommendations to boost the pork industry competitiveness.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Buffalos
2019-2021 • Livestock production

Bison farming in Québec: Determining the phosphorous load factor

Project to determine the real value of the phosphorus load associated with bison production in Québec.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Obliquebanded Leafroller
2018-2023 • Fruit production

Sustainable control methods for apple pests

This pan-Canadian project conducted in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick focuses on strategies for controlling three key pests in apple production.

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Daniel Cormier
Gérald Chouinard
Holstein cows
2018-2022 • Livestock production

Redefining indoor and outdoor spaces and proposing practices that promote dairy cow exercise

The project’s objective is to make available an indoor and outdoor exercise yard design that improves dairy cow and calf well-being while complying with Québec regulations.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Downgraded fruits and vegetables
2018-2019

Converting agri-food waste into biomolecules with agricultural applications: Strategic by-product screening tests

The aim of this work is to bring IRDA’s agri-environmental expertise to bear on the challenges associated with the conversion of agri-food waste into biomolecules with potential agricultural applications.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
High plastic tunnel
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Developing new shelter systems adapted to organic raspberry production that reduce pest infestations and boost crop productivity and profitability

Design and validation of a new generation of high tunnels with automatic retractable roofs, new roofing materials, and screens that will extend the harvest season.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Spotted Wing Drosophila
2018-2023 • Fruit production

Environmentally sound management of the Spotted Wing Drosophila

This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Raspberries, blueberries dans strawberries
2018-2019 • Fruit production

Incorporating integrated fruit production data for strawberries, raspberries, and highbush blueberries into the SAgE Pesticides web tool

This project looks to incorporate the data for the recommended IFP berry products into the SAgE Pesticides database. The goal is to encourage farmers to adopt IFP and make it easier for them to access IFP data.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
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 • Market gardening

Evaluating a protocol for growing organic market garden cabbage using split band applications of granulated laying-hen droppings

This project aims to develop a GHD-based fertilizer management system using split band applications for high-N-demand crops grown in rows, e.g., summer cabbage.

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