In highbush blueberry fields where stunt disease has been detected, plants that have never received nitrogen fertilizer are more vigorous and homogeneous than plants that have received nitrogen fertilizer. The purpose of the exercise was to learn more about the productivity (fruit yield) of these plants, which do not appear to be affected by this pathogen.
From 2015 to 2016
Fertilizer management, Pest, weed, and disease control
At its blueberry farm (not open for pick-your-own) IRDA conducts a number of projects that benefit the sector.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec - Programme d’appui au développement et à l’adaptation de l’agriculture et de l’agroalimentaire en région
Project studying ways to maximize workforce productivity in strawberry production.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
This project assesse the influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the efficacy of spring flooding to developp a strategy of control for the blackheaded fireworm
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
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