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.
ServicesSoil health (2) Water protection (3) Air quality (2) (23) Fertilizer management (4) Pest, weed, and disease control (3) Food safety and quality (1) Organic farming (1)
Years2025 (2) 2024 (5) 2023 (9) 2022 (13) 2021 (14) 2020 (10) 2019 (11) 2018 (11) 2017 (14) 2016 (8) 2015 (4)
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.
Researchers: Carl Boivin Luc Belzile
This project will help lead to the development of an organic farming system to grow baby greens.
This project looks to develop decision-support tools informed by observations of “bellwether” plots and use these tools to disseminate relevant information to irrigators.
This project proposes an intervention in a typical potato cropping system to enhance the crop uptake of water and nitrogen.
Exploration of the potential of detecting water stress in lowbush blueberries using a thermal infrared imaging sensor installed on a drone.
The aim of this project is to improve the productivity of haskap orchards by promoting more efficient water and nutrient uptake.
The aim of this project was to study the relationship between thermal imaging data collected by drone and agrometerological indicators of water stress in potato crops.
The hypothesis was that it should be possible to measure sap flow in apple trees and correlate it with soil water conditions and the weather.
The aim of this project was to leverage the efficiency of drip irrigation and splitting nitrogen inputs into multiple applications to reduce total nitrogen inputs per unit produced and provide better economic and environmental alternatives to conventional irrigation.
The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.
The aim of this project was to field-test sound irrigation practices and band application of various types of fertilizers at ridging time to eliminate fertigation and increase the efficiency of fertilizer and water use under plastic mulch.
The goal of this project was to develop an “irrigation roadshow” for eight farming regions in Québec.
The aim of the project was to measure the performance and water requirements of eight potato cultivars under commercial production conditions.
Using sound irrigation management to control frost and water stress in lowbush blueberry helps stabilize yield while minimizing environmental impacts.
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production