The project complemented a study started in 2015 in a matted row strawberry field with an eight-year history of decline. The initial project covered the period from 2015 to 2016, and covered the planting year and the first of two production years. The objective was to determine whether the addition of two types of organic fertilizers or biostimulants would produce more vigorous plants less subject to decline. Given the limited funding available for the initial project, “classic” disease monitoring i.e., visual detection of phytophthora and detection of aphid and whitefly viral complexes in the leaves was conducted on a single composite sample per treatment. For financial reasons, no soil health analyses (quantity and diversity of beneficial microorganisms and pathogens in the soil) were carried out. However, the results in the planting year suggested that it would be appropriate to monitor soil and plant health in more detail in 2016‒2017.
From 2016 to 2017
Soil health, Fertilizer management
This project helped assess the effects of commercial products.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Ferme Marivil | Réseau de Lutte Intégrée Bellechasse
As part of this project, the soil water status at a chosen blueberry farm will be monitored at 40 spots over the course of the production year. We will seek to identify the relationship between water extraction, physicochemical and environmental factors, and yield levels that could help explain yield variability.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
This project consisted of using mating disruption to control dogwood borers in five orchards.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
This project looks to incorporate the data for the recommended IFP berry products into the SAgE Pesticides database. The goal is to encourage farmers to adopt IFP and make it easier for them to access IFP data.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej