Using a split-split-plot design, this study tested three variables: soil tillage, crop rotation in organic production, and fertilization with manure or compost. The first variable was the type of tillage, either conventional plowing or minimum tillage using an offset disc harrow. A second variable consisted of eight different rotation crops. The third variable was the addition of beef manure and Biosol compost at a rate of 20 t/ha.
From 2014 to 2017
Market gardening, Field crops
Soil health, Fertilizer management, Organic farming
The most effective fertilization methods to come out of this project will increase the profitability of organic crops.
Innov'Action | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Test whether or not commercial strains coated on Nantes carrot seeds can compete with native strains in the soil to colonize the host plant and, once symbiosis takes place, whether they succeed in doing a better job than the native strains during the transition to organic farming.
Researcher: Christine Landry
Development of weeding strategies and methods that will reduce weed pressure on carrot crops, especially row-crop carrots, which appear to be the most problematic.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
The purpose of the project was to develop techniques and tools for maintaining paper mulch during crop growth.
Researcher: Carl Boivin