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 Carl Boivin
2021-2022 • Fruit production

Testing a wind machine as a method of protecting against flower frost in cultivated wild blueberries

The objective of this project is to measure the performance of a portable wind machine.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2021-2024

Testing a mobile drip irrigation system on potato farms

This project aims to optimize water use in irrigated potato crops.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2021-2023

Pilot project on the use of rainwater in the horticultural industry

This project aims to collect data to guide rainwater capture and recovery for use on farms to.

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Carl Boivin
Caroline Côté
Stéphane Godbout
2021-2023 • Fruit production

Improve the environmental conditions of cultivated wild blueberries using cultural practices relating to tillage, water management and fertilization

The results of this project will provide tools to support producers and ensure the competitiveness and development of Wild Boreal Blueberry and organic blueberry production sectors, two of Quebec’s specialties.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2020-2024 • Field crops

Technical, economic, social and environmental guidelines for the use of irrigation on corn, soybeans and fodder crops

This research project aims to establish technical, economic, social and environmental benchmarks for irrigation of field and forage crops.

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Carl Boivin
Catherine Bossé
2020-2023 • Market gardening

Evaluation of the agronomic performance of 10 broccoli varieties under commercial production

This project aims to limit the impacts of climate change on broccoli crops by evaluating and documenting the tolerance to climatic stress of 10 broccoli varieties intended for the fresh market.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2020-2022 • Fruit production

Pilot project on the effectiveness of methods of protecting against fruit frost in cultivated wild blueberries

The purpose of this pilot project is to evaluate various methods of protecting fruit from freezing in wild blueberry crops for the fresh market.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2020-2024 • Livestock productionField crops

Forage crop irrigation: helping farmers to make informed decisions

Irrigation project to spare farmers the loss of competitiveness and other risks brought about by drought periods.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2019-2021 • Field cropsMarket gardening

A technology showcase of irrigation management decision-support tools for use in a variety of contexts

Showcase that will present and compare, in an impartial manner, a number of decision-support tools and technologies.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin

Île d’Orléans farmers rally to tackle water shortage

This project aims to explore and experiment new approaches and ways to preserve, develop, and enhance the MRC’s bio-food sector, and reduce or eliminate the water deficit on the island.

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Carl Boivin
Stéphane Godbout
2019-2020 • Fruit production

Investigating key physicochemical and environmental factors that could account for variable lowbush blueberry yields

As part of this project, the soil water status at a chosen blueberry farm will be monitored at 40 spots over the course of the production year. We will seek to identify the relationship between water extraction, physicochemical and environmental factors, and yield levels that could help explain yield variability.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2019-2022 • Market gardening

Improving potato crop water-use efficiency by developing a deeper understanding of cultivars

The selection of a cultivar should be an essential element in any sound irrigation management strategy. This project aims to optimize water use in potato farming.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2019-2022 • Market gardening

Improving potato crop water-use efficiency through cropping system modifications

Modifying the cropping system design is an effective way to improve potato crop water-use efficiency and, thereby, lessen the risk of crops experiencing water stress.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin
2018-2019 • Field crops

HebdEau: a pilot project to develop sound irrigation management decision-support tools

This project looks to develop decision-support tools informed by observations of “bellwether” plots and use these tools to disseminate relevant information to irrigators.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

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Carl Boivin

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