This project aims to make better use of orchard inter-rows by planting flower strips consisting of perennial and native plants, and managing them in a way that provides the resources needed by beneficial arthropods and, hence, improved recruitment of pollinators and the natural enemies of pests. This project will develop and assess the planting of flower strips in orchard inter-rows as an alternative to the application of insecticides. It also addresses certain industry priorities, insofar as the development of organic production is a stated objective of the Québec apple industry.
From 2020 to 2023
Pest, weed, and disease control
This project will develop the use of flower strips as an alternative to the application of insecticides in orchards.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
This online training platform will help improve technical support for Québec apple growers by furthering the training of new consultants.
As part of this project, the soil water status at a chosen blueberry farm will be monitored at 40 spots over the course of the production year. We will seek to identify the relationship between water extraction, physicochemical and environmental factors, and yield levels that could help explain yield variability.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
Developing a new scab control strategy based on selecting the lowest-risk products that best fit the circumstances at hand, and tailoring the doses accordingly.
Researcher: Vincent Philion