As the number of irrigated fields in Québec expands, there is an increased need for large-scale investments in the purchase, maintenance, and operation of machinery. However, farmers and their consultants are left speculating about which tools are best and how to get the most out of them. Are all tools on the market appropriate for all situations (perennial/annual crops, with/without mulch, light/heavy soil, etc.)? At the moment, only suppliers can provide this information. There are no neutral or unbiased sources for complete and verified information. This project seeks to solve this problem by organizing a showcase that will present and compare, in an impartial manner, a number of decision-support tools and the technologies they utilize. As part of the showcase activities, farmers, consultants, and industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to assess, on site, various farming system technologies (e.g., market gardening with/without mulch, drip/sprinkler irrigation, potting in high tunnels, potting in light/heavy/organic soils or in potting soil mixtures).
From 2019 to 2021
Field crops, Market gardening
Optimal water management
This project will reduce the risks for farmers associated with the acquisition of irrigation equipment.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation, Innov’action Program | Dubois Agrinovation | JLD-Laguë | Hortau
This project looks to develop decision-support tools informed by observations of “bellwether” plots and use these tools to disseminate relevant information to irrigators.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
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
The goal of the project is to improve biological methods for controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in canola crops. In this project, initiated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and conducted in Québec by UQAM, IRDA is performing an economic analysis of the practices under study.
Researcher: Luc Belzile