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.

2018-2019 • Fruit production

Updating the Québec IFP reference guide

Updating the apple pest monitoring guide and the IFP reference guide for the benefit of apple growers.

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Daniel Cormier
Gérald Chouinard
2018-2022 • Fruit production

Demo plots for low-risk apple IPM programs

The overall objective of the project is to inform apple growers via regional demonstration plots of the latest apple IPM techniques.

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Gérald Chouinard
Vincent Philion
Daniel Cormier
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Automated traps for pest monitoring in Québec apple orchards

The aim of this project is to measure the potential of automated traps and extrapolate it to an apple-monitoring network.

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Gérald Chouinard
Daniel Cormier
2018-2023

Management and ecological restoration of peatlands for a sustainable Canadian horticultural peat industry

Development of a strategy for rapidly producing biomass using restoration and irrigation.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
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.

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Bison farming in Quebec: Determining phosphorus discharge

The purpose of our project was to generate benchmark data on phosphorus discharge from bison farms in Québec.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
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
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

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
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
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.

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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.

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Quantitative and qualitative water management in crops

Designing and teaching a course for agricultural consultants.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
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
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.

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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