For a crop to express its full yield potential, environmental conditions (temperature, water, nutrients, etc.) must be optimal. Fertilization, irrigation, crop protection and tillage are examples of interventions used to optimize these conditions. In the case of cultivated wild blueberries, most of the 37,000 hectares under cultivation in Quebec are certified as Wild Boreal Blueberries, which means that no synthetic inputs are used during the production year. This makes it more difficult to achieve optimal environmental conditions.
The results of this project will provide tools to support producers and ensure the competitiveness and development of Wild Boreal Blueberry and organic blueberry production sectors, two of Quebec’s specialties.
From 2021 to 2023
This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
This project aims to examine whether improving soil health can help check strawberry decline.
Researcher: Christine Landry
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