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
The project consists of evaluating soil degradation based on representative samples taken in Québec’s main soil regions and parent materials.
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
This project relies on the continuous measurement of field water table heights; water exports; as well as sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus runoff into drains at four field-crop production sites.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud