The results of seven years of research conducted mainly on the Gold Rush and Russet Burbank cultivars at IRDA’s Deschambault station demonstrated the impact of sound irrigation management on the rate of nitrogen use by potatoes and reinforced the link between nitrogen rates and marketable yield. However, this data was generated mainly with a single cultivar under experimental conditions and over multiple years with variable soil and climatic conditions, which produced considerable variability in the data. It was important, therefore, to measure the impact of irrigation management on nitrogen uptake and available soil nitrogen during the season under commercial production conditions at the same place and on several cultivars at the same time and to link this impact to total and marketable yields and post-harvest residual nitrate.
From 2016 to 2018
Optimal water management, Fertilizer management
This work will enhance farm profitability, while protecting the environment.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Ferme Victorin Drolet
We will compare the ability of mixed protocols using blended green manure, with or without the addition of farm manure, to satisfy the nitrogen requirements of a silage corn rotation crop.
Researcher: Christine Landry
This project involved an exhaustive survey of viruses, phytoplasma, fungi, and nematodes in nurseries and strawberry fields to determine the exact causes of strawberry decline disease in Québec.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
In this study, we will test alfalfa meal pellets in a broccoli crop planted on plastic-covered irrigated mounds and we will compare them with two organic fertilizer, in addition to a control treatment in which no nitrogen is added.