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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Results for 2015
2013-2018 • Market gardening

NPK fertilizer trials for beets on mineral soils in Québec

This project was aimed at determining the nutrient needs of beets based on soil texture and phosphorus and potassium levels under Québec growing conditions.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2013-2017 • Field crops

NPK fertilizer trials on barley on mineral soils in Québec

The aim of this project was to gather data on the nutritional requirements of barley to better equip producers, extension agents, and other industry stakeholders.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2013-2017 • Field crops

NPK fertilizer trials for oat crops on mineral soils in Québec

The aim of this project was to gather data on the nutritional requirements of oats to better equip producers, extension agents, and other industry stakeholders.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2014-2017 • Field crops

Determining the ideal time to spread pig manure to improve crop yield and protect soil, water, and air quality

To provide information on the fertilizing value and environmental impact of spreading pig manure at different times, the project compared the effect of mineral fertilizer in early fall, late fall, and in the spring.

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2014-2018 • Fruit production

Exclusion nets for organic apple production in Eastern Canada

The aim of this project was to test the general hypothesis that exclusion nets, when properly used, can prevent attacks by most apple pests and reduce disease incidence with no major adverse effects on fruit quality.

Researcher: Gérald Chouinard

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Gérald Chouinard
2014-2017 • Market gardening

Impact of green manure and organic fertilizers on the yields and safety of organic carrots grown on muck soil

Plots were set up at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec.

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté

Control measures to reduce clogging in a St. Lawrence River water treatment process using slow sand filtration

To manage clogging risks, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom. 

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
2014-2017 • Field crops

Vegetative propagation and regenerative capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle under organic management

The purpose of this project was to study the vegetative propagation and regeneration capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle with a view to developing effective weed control strategies.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc
2015-2017

Improving molecular techniques for identifying pests to meet the diagnostic needs of the agricultural industry in the context of climate change

Barcoding can be used to obtain DNA sequences from specimens kept in the official Québec government insect collection and compare these sequences with those from field-caught specimens.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
2014-2018 • Market gardening

Control strategies against leek moth in organic production

This project aims to evaluate effective and economically viable control strategies for leek moth that are healthy for both humans and ecosystems.

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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
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
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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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
2015-2016 • Fruit production

Productivity of healthy looking plants that have never received nitrogen fertilizer and that are located in a blueberry field infected by stunt disease

In highbush blueberry fields where stunt disease has been detected, plants that have never received nitrogen fertilizer are more vigorous and homogeneous than plants that have received nitrogen fertilizer.

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Carl Boivin
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