In Québec, organic field crop farmers want to diversify and introduce vegetables into their crop rotations. Fresh carrots and carrots destined for processing are among the vegetables farmers are looking at, but few grow them on a large scale, mainly due to weeding challenges.
New weeding strategies that improve weed control are available for use in pre-plant/pre-emergent, and post-emergent carrots.
In this project we are looking to develop weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.
Six experiments will be conducted over a period of three years at two sites, i.e., the Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform and the Institut national en agriculture biologique organic farm in Victoriaville.
From 2019 to 2023
Market gardening, Field crops
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
This project will help organic field crop farmers diversify their planting options.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | CETAB+
Plots were set up at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec.
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