This project proposes an intervention in a typical potato cropping system to enhance the crop uptake of water and nitrogen. We propose interventions that will increase the water-retention capacity (rainfall or irrigation) of the cropping system and increase the volume of soil colonized by the roots, where the nitrogen supplied has the potential to be taken up by the crop. With these interventions it should be possible to reduce the amount of nitrogen introduced in the form of fertilizer and, thus, reduce the risk of groundwater contamination.
From 2018 to 2019
Optimal water management, Fertilizer management
Optimal water management enhances crop performances and reduces the use of organic and mineral fertilizers.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Direction régionale de la Côte-Nord, Ferme Victorin Drolet, Ferme F. X. Orléans
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.
Collaboration for a cost-effectiveness analysis to identify the most promising practices and strategies to reduce the use of pesticide.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
The Rivière de la Roche sub-watershed has one of the highest phosphorus and sediment export rates of the entire Missisquoi Bay watershed—a particularly challenging situation for the local agricultural sector.