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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Plum curculio
2015-2017 • Fruit production

Attract and kill strategies for control of the plum curculio in conventional and organic apple orchards

An attract and kill technique to control plum curculio was recently proposed by U.S. researchers, but it is very little used in orchards and virtually unknown in Québec.

Researcher: Gérald Chouinard

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Gérald Chouinard
Biopesticide
2016-2018

Development of bio-pesticides using pyrolysis oil from residual biomass

The objective of project was to produce a biopesticide from the pyrolysis of agricultural waste.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Blueberries
2015-2019 • Fruit production

Sound water management for lowbush blueberries under fluctuating and changing climatic conditions

Using sound irrigation management to control frost and water stress in lowbush blueberry helps stabilize yield while minimizing environmental impacts.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Cover crop
2016-2018 • Field crops

Profitability evaluation of cover crops at the farm level

The project was designed to assess the profitability of various types of cover crops and planting methods at the farm level.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Mullein Bug
2016-2019 • Fruit production

Selection, mass rearing, and field efficiency of a predaceous strain of mullein bug

The goal of the project is to select a strain of the mullein bug to control two spotted and red spider mites when populations tend to explode.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
Irrigation system
2016-2017 • Market gardening

Improving irrigation management with accurate measurements of effective precipitation

The project consisted of manufacturing and testing a portable rain simulator to estimate, under various conditions, what proportion of irrigation water a crop is able to use.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
Cranberries
2016-2018 • Fruit production

Adapting fruit crop pest and disease control to climate change

The goal of this project was to document the impact of climate change on fruit crop pests and diseases in Québec.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Air treatment system
2016-2018 • Livestock production

An innovative and economical air treatment technology for pig farms

IRDA and CRIUCPQ have been working on developing an air treatment unit to reduce pig farm emissions.

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Liquid manure pit
2015-2017 • Livestock production

Methane treatment of a covered slurry tank using a high efficiency biofilter

Stored pig manure is a major source of greenhouse gases. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the long-term performance of a biofilter.

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Manure storage pit
2016-2017 • Livestock production

Technical guide on how to factor in added bedding and water and feed losses in determining the total volume for designing manure storage tanks

When designing tanks, the total volume of material to be stored must be calculated. This guide provides a comprehensive calculation method that takes into account volumes of bedding added as well as feed and water losses.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Strawberries
2015-2017 • Fruit production

Effects of various irrigation strategies on nutrient uptake in organically grown June-bearing strawberries grown in beds covered with black plastic mulch

The project was conducted at IRDA’S Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Strawberries (Cleary cultivar) were produced in beds covered with black plastic mulch.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
iPad
2015-2017 • Field crops

Economic cost of herbicide resistance in weeds found in field crops

The aim of the project was to estimate the economic impact of herbicide resistance in weeds.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Net
2015-2018 • Fruit production

Repellent properties of exclusion nets used for the control of leafroller and stink bug pests of apples

The aim of the project was to measure the effect of certain natural repellents that can be used on different types of exclusion nets.

Researcher: Gérald Chouinard

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Gérald Chouinard
Organic corn
2015-2018 • Field crops

Developing a nitrogen fertilization program based on green manure supplemented by a manure-based starter fertilizer in organic grain production

In a wheat/grain corn/soya rotation, green manure can be used to obtain profitable organic grain corn yields while limiting phosphorus pollution.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Drain pipes
2015-2018

Managing subsurface drainage water to optimize crop productivity, nutrient use, and water availability under current and future climatic conditions

The purpose of the project was to assess the benefits of controlled farm drainage under current and future climatic conditions to meet the water needs of field crops and rural communities while reducing nitrogen and phosphorus flows into watercourses.

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Aubert Michaud
Marc-Olivier Gasser

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