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.
Evaluation of new practices to control cutworms in organic vegetable production.
This project aims to develop mass trapping strategies to keep damage caused by the striped cucumber beetle populations below the economic threshold, while minimizing the capture of pollinators and natural enemies.
By enhancing our understanding: 1) of the nitrogen supply dynamics associated with the use of mixed green and farmyard manure applications, and 2) of the timeline of nitrogen uptake by garlic; we hope to fine-tune fertilization strategies so they meet the needs of garlic crops, while minimizing phosphorus accumulation and nitrogen leaching.
Development of weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.
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.
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
This project aims to assess the impact of cropping practices on baby lettuce yields and quality on muck soil.
A series of herbicides has been tested along the edge of the plastic mulch.
This project proposes ways of using legume intercrops to control vegetable pests (insects, diseases, and weeds) while increasing soil productivity and quality and economic yields.
This project as aimed at comparing the efficacy of two parasites (T. brassicae and T. ostriniae) on leek moth.
This project evaluated effective and economically viable control strategies for swede midge that are healthy for both humans and the ecosystem.
This project determined the efficacy of various pest control products on the striped cucumber beetle on organic cucurbit crops.
This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.
Biofumigation could be an attractive option for increasing the mortality of dormant seeds.
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production