Research Projects

Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.

Results for Field crops
2016-2019 • Field crops

Impact of manure management and tillage practices on water quality and safety in canola and wheat

Canola and wheat (wheat-corn-canola rotation) were planted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on 12 experimental plots with tillage practices on the main plots (minimum tillage and chisel plow) and fertilization methods (mineral fertilizers, 25 m3/ha of pig manure and 50 m3/ha of pig manure) in the subplots.

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Caroline Côté
Marc-Olivier Gasser
2014-2017 • Field crops

Vegetative propagation and regenerative capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle under organic management

The purpose of this project was to study the vegetative propagation and regeneration capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle with a view to developing effective weed control strategies.

Researcher: Maryse Leblanc

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Maryse Leblanc

Revising the MAPAQ fertilization reference charts

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

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Christine Landry

Irrigation roadshow: characterize, analyze, optimize, and raise awareness

The goal of this project was to develop an “irrigation roadshow” for eight farming regions in Québec.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2016-2018 • Field crops

Identifying biological indicators of soil health using metagenomic analysis of soil under different grain cropping systems

This project was aimed at identifying and incorporating biological indicators into decision support tools used to assist producers and agroenvironmental regulatory bodies seeking to preserve soil productivity and use sustainable production systems.

Researcher: Richard Hogue

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Richard Hogue

A study on the health of agricultural soils in Quebec

The project consists of evaluating soil degradation based on representative samples taken in Québec’s main soil regions and parent materials.

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Claude Bernard
2016-2018 • Field crops

Impact of integrated pest management on the profitability of field crop farms

This project was aimed at evaluating the impact of integrated pest management on the profitability of field crop farms.

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2016-2018 • Field crops

Effectiveness of an annual vs. end-of-season legume green manure crop in increasing soil resilience and providing sufficient nitrogen

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.

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Aubert Michaud
Marc-Olivier Gasser
Maryse Leblanc
2016-2018 • Field crops

Profitability evaluation of cover crops at the farm level

The project was designed to assess the profitability of various types of cover crops and planting methods at the farm level.

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2015-2017 • Field crops

Economic cost of herbicide resistance in weeds found in field crops

The aim of the project was to estimate the economic impact of herbicide resistance in weeds.

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2015-2018 • Field crops

Developing a nitrogen fertilization program based on green manure supplemented by a manure-based starter fertilizer in organic grain production

In a wheat/grain corn/soya rotation, green manure can be used to obtain profitable organic grain corn yields while limiting phosphorus pollution.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
2014-2017 • Field crops

Development of cover crop techniques and their adaptation to the Estrie region

IRDA was in charge of conducting the economic analysis for this project carried out by Club agroenvironnemental de l’Estrie (CAE Estrie).

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2015-2016 • Field crops

Climate extremes and fertilizer efficiency in organic grain crops

A literature review, a survey of organic grain producers, and an analysis of historical yield and climate data in order to document the effects of climate extremes on yields and soil nutrient availability.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
2015-2017 • Field crops

Impacts of green manure on soil structure in the Estrie region

This project was carried out by Club agroenvironnemental de l’Estrie and IRDA was in charge of conducting the economic analysis.

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2015-2018 • Field cropsLivestock production

A diagnostic tool for phosphorus and nitrogen exports (P+N Edit)

The aim of this project was to consolidate current scientific knowledge with a view to developing a spatially referenced tool to predict diffuse sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus exports at the farm and watershed scale.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud

The solutions developed by IRDA aim to...

Ensure the sustainability

and quality of soil, water, and air

Protect the health and well-being

of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare

Safeguard the economic viability

of crop and livestock production