The aim of this project was to field-test sound irrigation practices and band application of various types of fertilizers at ridging time to eliminate fertigation and increase the efficiency of fertilizer and water use under plastic mulch.
From 2016 to 2018
Fruit production, Market gardening
Optimal water management, Fertilizer management
This project demonstrated that growers can eliminate fertigation through the use of slow-release fertilizers.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Prime-Vert Program | Ferme François Gosselin | Ferme Maurice et Philippe Vaillancourt | Polyculture Plante 1987 | Ferme Jean-Pierre Plante | Ferme Onésime Pouliot | Réseau de lutte intégrée Orléans
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard
This economic analysis measured the technical efficiency of Québec wild blueberry farms.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
Acquiring the knowledge needed to develop an attract-and-kill treatment to control current and future stinkbug populations in Québec apple orchards.