Previous studies showed that measures were required to control populations of E. coli and zebra mussel larva in water from the St. Lawrence. A system using slow sand filtration and an aerated pond was therefore installed at a farm on Île d'Orléans. Although this system has been proven to be effective for resolving both these problems, the sand filter can become clogged due to increased turbidity levels in the river at certain times of year and algal blooms in the water column above the filter. To manage this clogging risk, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom. These control measures will improve technology transfer to other farmers who want to draw water from the river.
From 2015 to 2018
Market gardening, Fruit production, Field crops
Food safety and quality, Optimal water management
Thanks to IRDA, it is possible for growers to tap into the Saint-Lawrence as an irrigation resource.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Université Laval | Ferme François Gosselin | Université de Sherbrooke
Plots were set up at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
This project seeks to develop a knowledge transfer tool to assist organic market gardeners with weed control.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
Meeting nitrogen requirements mainly through the use of a highly stable form of fertilizer can minimize nitrogen losses, provide nitrogen amounts closer to the plant’s actual needs.
Researcher: Christine Landry