The project evaluated and compared the effectiveness of two types of subsoil plows (mounted on a bulldozer or a tractor) operated parallel and perpendicular to the tile drains to improve soil drainage conditions and productivity compared to control plots. Three sites for the trials were selected in the Montérégie, Centre du Québec, and Chaudière-Appalaches regions on highly compacted clay soils with poor natural drainage. The productivity gains in commercial corn, soybean, and grain crops were compiled, analyzed, and compared in the light of the changes observed in the physical properties and hydraulic behavior of the soils.
From 2014 to 2017
Subsoiling revives compacted soil by increasing its permeability.
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Scientific article • Marc-Olivier GasserDjiemon, A, M.-O. Gasser, J. Gallichand. 2019. Random forests to detect subsoiling and subsurface drainage effects on corn plant height and water table depth. Soil and Tillage Research. 192(September 2019) 10 p. Djiemon, A, M.-O. Gasser, J. Gallichand. 2019. Random forests to detect subsoiling and subsurface drainage effects on corn plant height and water table depth. Soil and Tillage Research. 192(September 2019) 10 p. Download Download
The project compared the nitrogen uptake effects of green manure crops grown for a full season, in association with a main crop, or after it is harvested.
IRDA was in charge of conducting the economic analysis for this project carried out by Club agroenvironnemental de l’Estrie (CAE Estrie).
Researcher: Luc Belzile
IRDA—in its capacity as the authorized representative tasked with revising the MAPAQ fertilization reference charts—will plan, coordinate, and monitor all activities involved in updating these charts.
Researcher: Christine Landry