The total area planted to beets in Québec has been increasing in recent years. Over 650 hectares of beets were grown in 2011. Yet no fertilization chart had been developed specifically for this crop. The chart in use was not based on scientific trials and was a general chart for beets and radishes. Industry stakeholders estimated that the recommended nitrogen dose of 11 kg N/ha was not sufficient to cover the crops needs. Furthermore, there was no scientifically validated data on phosphorus doses to help extension agents manage the environmental constraints in the Agricultural Operations Regulation (AOR). Therefore it was important to conduct NPK fertilizer trials on this crop.
From 2013 to 2018
Fertilizer management, Water protection, Soil health
Adequate beet crop fertilization will help boost the competitiveness of Québec growers, while preserving the quality of the environment.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec
This project determined the efficacy of various pest control products on the striped cucumber beetle on organic cucurbit 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
New, robotic weed control strategy for widespread use in field vegetables grown organically in Québec.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc