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
IRDA is in charge of the economic analysis for this project which purpose is to examine the impact of flower plantings on bumblebee biodiversity in apple orchards in southern Québec.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
The project was conducted at IRDA’S Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Strawberries (Cleary cultivar) were produced in beds covered with black plastic mulch.
Researcher: Carl Boivin