Although there are many information sources and tools consultants can use to acquire the knowledge and expertise they need for their work, a number of gaps exist in terms of integrated knowledge sources available in the Québec apple industry.
New consultants are guided by more experienced colleagues, but no integrated tools are available to help them in their work or facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise in an efficient, well-structured way. This project built on existing tools and knowledge available to new consultants. For priority topics, new learning content was produced (videos, course materials, tests, texts, etc.)
In the long term, this online training platform will help improve technical support for Québec apple growers by furthering the training of new consultants.
From 2017 to 2018
This dissemination platform will be a valuable tool for sharing the latest developments in apple growing with farmers and consultants.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food
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.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
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Researcher: Richard Hogue