This research project aims to establish technical, economic, social and environmental benchmarks for irrigation of field and forage crops.
Field irrigation trials will be conducted under commercial production conditions from 2021 to 2023. Tests will be conducted on perennial crops (alfalfa-timothy mix in establishment and production years) in the Lower St. Lawrence region and on field crops (grain corn and soybeans) in the Capitale-Nationale region.
The results of the study will make it possible to estimate the yield gains associated with irrigation and to evaluate the impact of the water requirements of this practice on water resources under current and future climatic conditions. The economic feasibility of this practice will also be evaluated.
The project will be conducted by a team of specialists in production, agronomy, modelling, soil science, agricultural economics and biostatistics from private companies, Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement, Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
From 2020 to 2024
This project is to arouse interest in approaches to soil health and conservation and to promote their adoption by a greater number of Quebec field crop farmers.
The Rivière de la Roche sub-watershed has one of the highest phosphorus and sediment export rates of the entire Missisquoi Bay watershed—a particularly challenging situation for the local agricultural sector.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud
This project’s main goal is to demonstrate how to satisfy most of the requirements of a strongly N-dependent crop by improving N-supply synchronization, while protecting the farmers’ prior year revenue-generating window.
Researcher: Christine Landry