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
Ten test sites will operate over a two-year period on farms spread over ten Québec regions to compare the performance of winter and spring cereals.
This project will develop a versatile tool that will allow to simulate the impacts of agricultural practices on soil organic matter.
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