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.

Potatoes
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Cost-effectiveness of irrigation on Québec potato farms

The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Barn
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Low GHG emission strategies for Quebec dairy farms

The aim of this project was to identify manure management strategies that boost productivity on Québec dairy farms and reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Creek
2016-2019

Watershed monitoring in Saint-Zotique, Québec

The IRDA team is monitoring the hydrology of the three main watersheds in Saint-Zotique.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
Boivin Lake, Granby
2016-2017

Monitoring and modeling of the Lac Boivin watershed, Granby, Québec

The project consisted of monitoring the hydrology of the main watercourses flowing into Lac Boivin to determine their flow rates and sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus inputs to the lake.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
River
2016-2018

GIS tool kit to support municipal drain management in preparation for climate change

The purpose of this project was to develop a set of spatially referenced tools for watercourse managers and those in charge of planning sustainable, environmentally friendly improvements to water systems.

Researcher: Aubert Michaud

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Aubert Michaud
Strawberries
2016-2017 • Fruit production

Adding organic matter and biostimulants to restore and maintain soil health and yields in a matted row strawberry field with a history of decline

The objective of this project was to determine whether the addition of two types of organic fertilizers or biostimulants would produce more vigorous plants less subject to decline.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Flowers
2016-2017

Evaluating the use of flower strips in a biological and integrated pest control program at an ornamental nursery

As part of an integrated pest control program, the company Les Serres Rosaire Pion & fils launched an innovative project on the use of flower strips in potted perennial production.

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Potato field
2016-2019 • Market gardening

Integrated approach to nitrogen fertilization for profitable organic potato production and a balanced phosphorus budget

There is a great need to test green manure as a main source of nitrogen for potatoes as they help to maintain soil quality and control weeds.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Potato field
2017-2019 • Market gardening

Combining slow release and conventional nitrogen fertilizer to reduce leaching and stabilize annual potato yields

Meeting nitrogen requirements mainly through the use of a highly stable form of fertilizer can minimize nitrogen losses, provide nitrogen amounts closer to the plant’s actual needs.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Poster
2016-2017 • Fruit production

Posters on integrated fruit production for strawberry, raspberry, and highbush blueberry crops

IRDA produced posters to help producers and extension agents choose pest and disease control strategies that promote the use of IPM.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Spotted wing drosophila egg
2015-2017 • Fruit production

A study on the link between spotted wing drosophila populations, crop damage, and yield losses

This project helped to determine if there is a significant correlation between the number of adult spotted wing drosophila captured and yield losses observed in the field.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Broccolis
2015-2019 • Market gardening

Selection and management of legume intercrops in organic vegetable production

This project proposes ways of using legume intercrops to control vegetable pests (insects, diseases, and weeds) while increasing soil productivity and quality and economic yields.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Leek moth
2015-2019 • Market gardening

Biological control of leek moth through the release of trichogramma wasps in organic leek production in Québec

This project as aimed at comparing the efficacy of two parasites (T. brassicae and T. ostriniae) on leek moth.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

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Annabelle Firlej
Chia
2015-2018 • Field crops

Chia: a new crop for organic production in Québec

This two-year project, conducted at the Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform, compared the effect of three seeding dates and three seeding rates on chia yields.

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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