IRDA was tasked with coordinating and increasing the use of mating disruption to control codling moths on at least 35% of Québec’s apple farms and 40% of its apple-growing production acreage.
From 2018 to 2020
Pest, weed, and disease control
In contrast with pesticide use, this method lowers health risks to humans and the environment.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec | Technical support clubs
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Mikaël Larose
This project will modify current protocols with the addition of labile carbon to preserve or rapidly restore the activity of beneficial microorganisms.
Researcher: Christine Landry
The objective of this project is to measure the performance of a portable wind machine.
Researcher: Carl Boivin