The aim of this project initiated by CÉROM (Centre de recherche sur les grains) is to test the efficacy of four biofungicides against Sclerotinia in soybeans. An untreated control and a chemical fungicide will serve as controls. A two-year trial (2018‒2019) will be conducted in an artificially inoculated field at CÉROM and in a grower’s field with a history of major infestations. The efficacy of the biofungicides will be evaluated using a disease severity index, the number of apothecia produced, crop yield, and post-harvest grain quality. The agroenvironmental economics team at IRDA is in charge of estimating the cost-effectiveness of the tested products. The project will yield a biocontrol strategy that is effective from both an agronomic and economic point of view.
From 2018 to 2020
Pest, weed, and disease control
IRDA has the expertise to assess the cost-effectiveness of products used to control crop pests.
Centre de recherche sur les grains | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Prime-Vert Programme
The aim of this project was to consolidate current scientific knowledge with a view to developing a spatially referenced tool to predict diffuse sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus exports at the farm and watershed scale.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud
Canola and wheat (wheat-corn-canola rotation) were planted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on 12 experimental plots with tillage practices on the main plots (minimum tillage and chisel plow) and fertilization methods (mineral fertilizers, 25 m3/ha of pig manure and 50 m3/ha of pig manure) in the subplots.
A literature review, a survey of organic grain producers, and an analysis of historical yield and climate data in order to document the effects of climate extremes on yields and soil nutrient availability.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser