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 2019
Irrigation system
2019-2021 • Field cropsMarket gardening

A technology showcase of irrigation management decision-support tools for use in a variety of contexts

Showcase that will present and compare, in an impartial manner, a number of decision-support tools and technologies.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
River
2019-2023 • Livestock production

Developing a procedure and tools that utilize genetic markers to identify fecal contamination sources in waterways

This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.

Researcher: Caroline Côté

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Caroline Côté
Strawberries
2019-2021 • Fruit production

A study of workforce productivity and its determinants in Québec’s strawberry sector

Project studying ways to maximize workforce productivity in strawberry production.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Pigpen
2019-2020 • Livestock production

Developing an air quality measurement tool with an integrated digital interface for use in livestock buildings

Project, conducted in collaboration with a Belgian team, to develop an integrated tool for measuring the air quality in livestock buildings.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Boyer River, Quebec
2019 • Field crops

EPERLAB Project: A collective effort to study and restore Rivière Boyer

Project to restore the rainbow smelt spawning grounds at the mouth of Rivière Boyer on the St. Lawrence River.

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Aubert Michaud
Luc Belzile
Hay and corn
2019-2022 • Market gardeningField crops

Including perennial fodder crops as “cut and carry” nitrogen sources in long-term rotations of organically grown potatoes and field crops

We will compare the ability of mixed protocols using blended green manure, with or without the addition of farm manure, to satisfy the nitrogen requirements of a silage corn rotation crop.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Winter wheat
2019-2022 • Field crops

Measuring the impact of winter vs. spring cereals on profitability, soil health, and pesticide use

Ten test sites will operate over a two-year period on farms spread over ten Québec regions to compare the performance of winter and spring cereals.

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Caroline Côté
Luc Belzile
Organic broccoli
2019-2021 • Market gardening

A comparative study of organic fertilizers with a high, effective nitrogen to total phosphorus ratio (Neff / Ptot) as a basis for developing productive and sustainable market gardening fertilization strategies

In this study, we will test alfalfa meal pellets in a broccoli crop planted on plastic-covered irrigated mounds and we will compare them with two organic fertilizer, in addition to a control treatment in which no nitrogen is added.

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Christine Landry
Caroline Côté
Field
2019-2021 • Field cropsMarket gardening

OGeMOS Project: Developing and deploying an online tool for managing soil organic matter

This project will develop a versatile tool that will allow to simulate the impacts of agricultural practices on soil organic matter.

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Aubert Michaud
Marc-Olivier Gasser
Forage crop
2019-2023 • Market gardeningField crops

Implementing a three-year sustainable forage crop rotation for potato and field crop farmers

This project seeks to create farmer partnerships in which participants work on implementing a three-year forage crop rotation protocol in potato and field crop fields.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue
Apple maggot, Photo credit: Laboratoire d'expertise et de diagnostic en phytoprotection - MAPAQ
2019-2020 • Fruit production

Using apple maggot mass trapping with attracticidal spheres to cut back on insecticide applications in orchards

This project seeks to reduce the use of chemical insecticides in orchards by controlling apple maggot populations using mass trapping.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
Green manure

A status report on the labile carbon to total organic carbon ratio of Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean soils

A labile carbon input would displace some phosphorus into the soil solution, thus making it available again for assimilation into growing plants.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Corn field
2019-2023 • Field crops

Improving nitrogen management in Québec grain corn

This project will determine the optimal post-emergent nitrogen dose to apply.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Long cane raspberries
2019-2023 • Fruit production

Out-of-soil cultivation of organic long cane raspberries

Development of a growing out-of-soil organic raspberries in high tunnels protocol in a profitable and competitive manner with a view to selling products locally or to large retail chains.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Holstein dairy cow
2019-2021 • Livestock production

Analyzing the profitability of fly repulsion techniques in organic dairy production

In this project, initiated by Agrinova, IRDA will analyze the profitability of techniques used to repel pasture flies in organic dairy production.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile

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