Irrigation roadshow: characterize, analyze, optimize, and raise awareness

Carl Boivin

Researcher, agr., M.Sc.

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The goal of this project was to develop an “irrigation roadshow” for eight farming regions in Québec: Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Montérégie Est, Montérégie Ouest, Mauricie, Lanaudière, and Laurentides. A total of 15 farms participated in the project. IRDA’s water management team, in collaboration with extension agents (from advisory clubs and MAPAQ) working with participating farms, conducted a comprehensive diagnostic study of each farm’s irrigation program and equipment. The farm with the highest educational potential in each region was selected for the Irrigation Roadshow in 2017. The Irrigation Roadshow was open to all and was based on the work done in 2016.


  • Make water use more efficient (agronomic, economic, and environmental factors)
  • Explain the main principles for optimizing water use in horticulture via an irrigation roadshow
  • Equip extension agents and producers to be more effective in this regard


Project duration

Field crops, Market gardening, Fruit production

Activity areas


More than 300 participants attended this irrigation roadshow.


Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Réseau de lutte intégrée Orléans | Réseau de lutte intégrée Bellechasse | Fertior | Club agroenvironnemental du Soleil Levant | Innovterra Services-conseils | Poussée de croissance | Dura-Club | Club-conseil Profit-eau-sol | Groupe Lavi-Eau-Champ | Club Conseil Bleuet | Club Bio-Action | Écolomax | Association des producteurs de fraises et framboises du Québec | Association des producteurs maraîchers du Québec | Association québécoise de la distribution de fruits et de légumes | Aux Trois Baies | Ferme Dauphine | Fraisière Faucher | Fraisière Bellevue | Ferme Mireille et Clément Gosselin | Fermes Horticoles LMR | Les Entreprises R. N. Perron | La Perle Rouge | Bleuetière Asselin | Asperges Primera | Verger Pierre Côté | Au Pays des petits fruits | A. Bélisle et fils | Maxi-Sol | Les Jardins de Tessa | Productions Rivard

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