This experiment is being conducted at IRDA’s Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Two fields will be dedicated to this project. Field 1 was previously used for a project entitled The impact of cover crops and organic fertilizers on the yield and safety of organic carrots grown in black soil. Long-term experimental plots were established three years ago and carrots were grown there in 2015 and 2016. Treatments will include three cover crops (oats, field peas, and a control) paired with three organic fertilizers (chicken manure pellets, compost, and a control). Each treatment will be repeated three times for a total of 27 experimental plots. Cover crops are being included in the experimental design because of their ability to reduce peat soil degradation caused by wind erosion and the oxidation of carbon. They may also impact other parameters such as weeds and plant diseases. Green vegetables (lettuce, spinach, kale) are being grown on these plots from 2017 to 2020 in order to assess the impact of the experimental treatments on crop yield and quality, pests, plant diseases, and weeds.
From 2018 to 2020
Fertilizer management, Optimal water management, Pest, weed, and disease control, Food safety and quality, Organic farming
This project will help lead to the development of an organic farming system to grow baby greens.
Organic Science Cluster | Phytodata | Vert Nature
This project aims to develop an accessible and user-friendly web application that let stakeholders search the IRDA potato soil database, one of the largest in Canada, to visualize the impact of growing practices and protocols on the biological, physicochemical, and agronomic characteristics of soils cultivated with different cropping systems.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
Project to quantify the long-term (60+ years) severity of erosion of organic horticultural soils.
The aim of the project was to measure the performance and water requirements of eight potato cultivars under commercial production conditions.
Researcher: Carl Boivin