The total area planted to beets in Québec has been increasing in recent years. Over 650 hectares of beets were grown in 2011. Yet no fertilization chart had been developed specifically for this crop. The chart in use was not based on scientific trials and was a general chart for beets and radishes. Industry stakeholders estimated that the recommended nitrogen dose of 11 kg N/ha was not sufficient to cover the crops needs. Furthermore, there was no scientifically validated data on phosphorus doses to help extension agents manage the environmental constraints in the Agricultural Operations Regulation (AOR). Therefore it was important to conduct NPK fertilizer trials on this crop.
From 2013 to 2018
Fertilizer management, Water protection, Soil health
Adequate beet crop fertilization will help boost the competitiveness of Québec growers, while preserving the quality of the environment.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec
This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.
The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
Researcher: Christine Landry