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 2020
Swines
2019-2021 • Livestock production

A technical and economic study on labour productivity and the competitiveness of hog producers in Québec

This project will evaluate labour productivity and identify best practices and recommendations to boost the pork industry competitiveness.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Canola
2019-2022 • Field crops

Study on the cost-effectiveness of Swede Midge insecticide treatments with regard to canola yields

Project that aims to assess the profit potential of using insecticides to control Swede Midge in canola crops.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Buffalos
2019-2021 • Livestock production

Bison farming in Québec: Determining the phosphorous load factor

Project to determine the real value of the phosphorus load associated with bison production in Québec.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Obliquebanded Leafroller
2018-2023 • Fruit production

Sustainable control methods for apple pests

This pan-Canadian project conducted in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick focuses on strategies for controlling three key pests in apple production.

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Daniel Cormier
Gérald Chouinard
High plastic tunnel
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Developing new shelter systems adapted to organic raspberry production that reduce pest infestations and boost crop productivity and profitability

Design and validation of a new generation of high tunnels with automatic retractable roofs, new roofing materials, and screens that will extend the harvest season.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Spotted Wing Drosophila
2018-2023 • Fruit production

Environmentally sound management of the Spotted Wing Drosophila

This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
2018-2020 • Fruit production

Evaluating techniques to interrupt the developmental cycle of spotted wing drosphila overwintering in Québec

The project’s overall goal is to slow the arrival of Spotted Wing Drosophila in crop plots using mass trapping at overwintering sites.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
2018-2020 • Market gardening

Evaluating the effect of seeds coated with commercial, mycorrhizal fungi inoculum on the yields of nantes carrots grown in mineral soil early in the organic transition process

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.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2018-2022 • Field crops

Biological control of cabbage seedpod weevil in the Prairies – Economic Analysis

The goal of the project is to improve biological methods for controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in canola crops. In this project, initiated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and conducted in Québec by UQAM, IRDA is performing an economic analysis of the practices under study.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
2018-2020 • Field crops

A study on synchronizing the supply of n from green manure in order to reduce or replace the use of swine slurry as a fertilizer for post-emergent corn, in the context of the transition to organic farming

This project’s main goal is to demonstrate how to satisfy most of the requirements of a strongly N-dependent crop by improving N-supply synchronization, while protecting the farmers’ prior year revenue-generating window.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Soil
2018-2021 • Field crops

Evolution of spatial indicators of soil health in Québec and Ontario in response to a changing climate

This project aims to improve our understanding of the evolution and spatial variability of soil health indicators as barometers of climate change.

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Claude Bernard
Spotted wing drosophila
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Release of sterile spotted wing drosophila (Phase 1)

This project will evaluate the efficiency of the initial releases of sterile spotted wing drosophilas on fall raspberry plots.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Blackheaded fireworm
2018-2021 • Fruit production

Large scale release of trichogramma to biologically control black-headed fireworm in cranberries

This project’s goal is to develop a large-scale inundative release method using the same trichogramma species employed in a previous project.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier
Apple
2018-2020 • Fruit production

Mating disruption of the codling moth – phase II

Project to increase the use of mating disruption to control codling moths.

Researcher: Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier

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