Developing a web app to facilitate the viewing and interpretation of potato soil health analyses

Richard Hogue, researcher

Richard Hogue

Researcher

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Description

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It is possible to assess disease risks and calculate soil health and productivity indices using soil microbiome biological characteristics and indicators, in concert with physicochemical, agronomic, and environmental indicator data. Currently, farmers cannot easily access this game-changing knowledge. This project aims to develop an accessible and user-friendly web application that will let stakeholders search the IRDA potato soil database, one of the largest in Canada, to visualize the impact of growing practices and protocols on the biological, physicochemical, and agronomic characteristics of soils cultivated with different cropping systems. This tool will employ a variety of graphical representations to facilitate data viewing. It will also incorporate an algorithm module that will provide customized agronomic interpretations. The project takes advantage of improvements in Big Data interpretation and analysis by integrating user-friendly tools into existing digital platforms. The goal is to promote good agri-environmental practices and help stakeholders easily access and utilize the latest available knowledge.

Objective(s)

  • Implement an innovative and user-friendly web app to facilitate the viewing and agronomic interpretation of potato soil health analyses.
  • Incorporate the application into existing digital platforms so that farmers, their consultants, and other potato sector stakeholders can easily access and interpret results drawn from a database that consolidates data on the characteristics of more than 800 microbiomes—including physicochemical, agronomic, and environmental indicators—collected from soil samples taken in a variety of geolocated sites.

From 2019 to 2022

Project duration

Market gardening

Activity areas

Ecosystem protection, Soil health

Services

With this web app, farmers will be able to visualize the impact of practices and protocols on the biological, physicochemical, and agronomic characteristics of soils.

Partners

Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec | Consortium de recherche sur la pomme de terre du Québec | Culture H. Dolbec | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation | Université Laval

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