No in-depth studies have been done on the cost-effectiveness of irrigating potatoes. The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors. A survey of irrigation costs was first conducted on a representative sample of farms. This data was used to calculate profitability thresholds for various irrigation systems in the absence of yield data. Profitability thresholds represent the necessary gains in yield quantity and/or quality to make a practice cost-effective.
From 2017 to 2019
Optimal water management
This study will help growers understand the economic benefits of irrigation before making investments.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
Researcher: Christine Landry