Market gardening crops have high nitrogen requirements. Organic growers, in particular, are hampered by a lack of access to efficient and sustainable nitrogen fertilization options. Most animal fertilizers currently in use are not very effective and are loaded with phosphorus. Commercial products, such as Biosol and Actisol, have gained in popularity, but still contain significant levels of phosphorus and are expensive. Farmers have turned to purchasing alfalfa meal pellets, which have better Neff: / Ptot ratios. In this study, we will test these pellets in a broccoli crop planted on plastic-covered irrigated mounds and we will compare them with the two organic fertilizer brands mentioned above, in addition to a control treatment in which no nitrogen is added. The knowledge obtained will contribute to the development of integrated fertilization strategies that will enable farmers to make optimal use of these fertilizer products, while maintaining their market competitiveness.
From 2019 to 2021
Fertilizer management, Food safety and quality
This project will help determine whether alfalfa meal pellets are an effective organic farming fertilizer.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation – Prime-Vert Program | Club Bio-Action | Éco-Luzerne
This project proposes ways of using legume intercrops to control vegetable pests (insects, diseases, and weeds) while increasing soil productivity and quality and economic yields.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
This project will provide a better understanding of interactions between a vegetable polyculture system and hedges composed of shrubs and perennials in order to enhance the impact of beneficial insects on vegetable crops.
This project aims to develop an accessible and user-friendly web application that let stakeholders search the IRDA potato soil database, one of the largest in Canada, to visualize the impact of growing practices and protocols on the biological, physicochemical, and agronomic characteristics of soils cultivated with different cropping systems.
Researcher: Richard Hogue