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 (2)
ServicesSoil health (7) Water protection (3) Air quality (7) Ecosystem protection (1) Optimal water management (3) Fertilizer management (6) Pest, weed, and disease control (14) Animal welfare (6) Food safety and quality (1) Organic farming (5) Environmental regulations (2) Coexisting in an agricultural environment (1)
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.
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
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 addresses the risks posed by the spreading of manure and emissions released into the environment to the biosecurity of farms, as well as to the health of workers and nearby populations.
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
IRDA has been mandated to design, install, and operate a hydrometric station at the watershed outlet of Ruisseau aux Castors in the Brome-Missisquoi regional county municipality.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud
This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
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
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