A healthy humic balance is essential to ensuring soil health, conservation, and fertility. This project will develop a versatile tool that will allow farmers and their consultants to simulate the impacts of agricultural practices on soil organic matter. It will help users develop a long-term perspective on soil organic matter conservation, while managing crops on a day-to-day basis. The tool will support field diagnostic efforts by projecting how alternative management practices—crop choice, green manures, removal of crop residues (straw, stems, etc.), and organic soil amendments of various kinds—can impact the humic balance over time.
From 2019 to 2021
Field crops, Market gardening
Soil health, Fertilizer management
This tool will be used to predict soil changes stemming from the adoption of new agricultural practices.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation – Programme Prime-Vert
This project was aimed at identifying and incorporating biological indicators into decision support tools used to assist producers and agroenvironmental regulatory bodies seeking to preserve soil productivity and use sustainable production systems.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
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
Economic analysis of a three-year project aimed at testing methods of reducing and correcting surface soil compaction.
Researcher: Luc Belzile