No in-depth studies have been done on the cost-effectiveness of irrigating potatoes. The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors. A survey of irrigation costs was first conducted on a representative sample of farms. This data was used to calculate profitability thresholds for various irrigation systems in the absence of yield data. Profitability thresholds represent the necessary gains in yield quantity and/or quality to make a practice cost-effective.
From 2017 to 2019
Optimal water management
This study will help growers understand the economic benefits of irrigation before making investments.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
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.
A series of herbicides has been tested along the edge of the plastic mulch.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc