In this project, initiated by Agrinova, IRDA will analyze the profitability of techniques used to repel pasture flies in organic dairy production. Agrinova’s initial project seeks to develop a fly control method that utilizes hydrolats, a by-product of processed essential oils from the region. IRDA's economic analysis will help determine the hydrolat that is most effective in reducing the fly populations that disturb grazing cows. If the selected hydrolats have a known market value, IRDA will assess the costs and revenues associated with each strategy, which include the following: no pest control; insecticide applications; sunflower and water use; and the use of two types of hydrolats. On the other hand, if the market value is unknown, our analysis will determine a selling price that is optimal for the hydrolat supplier and dairy producer alike.
From 2019 to 2021
Pest, weed, and disease control
IRDA's economic analyses help producers evaluate the cost-effectiveness of alternative pest control methods, among other things.
This project aimed to evaluate the purification capacity of different configurations of swales planted with shrubs or perennial grasses to serve as vegetative filter strips.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
This project will gather and share up-to-date information on new techniques and critical points related to the construction of farm buildings and their sustainability.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.
Researcher: Caroline Côté