According to a study released in 2007 by Groupe AGECO on issues in the vegetable production industry, 80% of producers manage post harvest residues and 38% are very concerned about environmental standards in this regard. Potato producers are no exception. Managing potato residues is particularly problematic due to their large quantity. (65,000/yr.) Because of their water content, they cannot be composted, and stockpiling them involves significant environmental and phytosanitary risks. Managing potato residues is therefore a big challenge, which will only increase with the enforcement of the Québec Residual Materials Waste Management Policy. This will put increased pressure on the agricultural community to use external residual materials that will compete with on-farm waste. So it is essential that potato residues are well positioned on the organic waste market. To this end, the residues must be transformed, using an available, low-cost process, into a product that is easy to store, transport, and handle and has recognized value as feed, fertilizer, or a source of energy.
From 2014 to 2017
This work will add economic and agronomic value to residual materials.
Innov'Action | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
In this study, we will test alfalfa meal pellets in a broccoli crop planted on plastic-covered irrigated mounds and we will compare them with two organic fertilizer, in addition to a control treatment in which no nitrogen is added.
The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.
Researcher: Carl Boivin