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.
Major InitiativesMajor initiatives (5)
Activity areaLivestock production (20) Market gardening (22) Fruit production (35) Field crops (20)
ServicesSoil health (21) Water protection (7) Air quality (9) Ecosystem protection (6) Optimal water management (9) Fertilizer management (20) Pest, weed, and disease control (46) Animal welfare (12) Food safety and quality (4) Organic farming (16) Waste conversion (1) Environmental regulations (3) Coexisting in an agricultural environment (2) Laboratory analyzes (2)
This project aims to develop a digital decision support tool to improve the nutritional quality and yield of alfalfa from analyses of the nutritional quality of forages, based on its relationship with soil fertility and health, while including the other pedoclimatic parameters that define alfalfa production conditions.
This project is to arouse interest in approaches to soil health and conservation and to promote their adoption by a greater number of Quebec field crop farmers.
Flexible management of nitrogen fertilization (fertilizer type and dose) as a function of temperature for better yields in organic cranberry production.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Evaluation of the effectiveness of various predator combinations in controlling spotted wing drosophilia.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
Evaluation of new practices to control cutworms in organic vegetable production.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
New, robotic weed control strategy for widespread use in field vegetables grown organically in Québec.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
Project to limit the spread of disease and improve biosecurity protocols on farms through improved understanding of emissions and alternate spreading techniques.
Assessment of the efficiency of biomethanation digestate as a fertilizer for field crops and as recycled bedding in dairy production.
Assessing an electrostatic precipitator system designed to improve air quality and, thereby, worker health and animal welfare.
Developing a new scab control strategy based on selecting the lowest-risk products that best fit the circumstances at hand, and tailoring the doses accordingly.
Researcher: Vincent Philion
Irrigation project to spare farmers the loss of competitiveness and other risks brought about by drought periods.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
Symposium entitled "Innovations to Tackle Livestock Production Challenges" and production of informational material.
Developing and assessing the planting of flower strips in orchard inter-rows as an alternative to the application of insecticides.
The overall aim of this research is to assess the exposure of workers in conventional and alternative egg production facilities to dust and bio-aerosols, and to characterize the respiratory health risks they face.
This project aims to measure the impact of new breeding systems that meet new animal welfare standards regarding air quality and the health and productivity of laying hens.
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