An initial experiment consisted of evaluating the weed control potential of a single dose of a series of herbicides listed in the manual on organic agriculture inputs (Manuel d’intrants biologiques) with a view to eliminating ineffective products. The herbicides were applied to two weed species (Chenopodium album and Echinochloa crus-galli) at the two-leaf stage. In a second experiment, products shown to be effective in the first phase were tested at different doses on the same weed species at the same stage to determine the optimum dose. The selected oils were also mixed with a biologically neutral liquid soap to check whether the soap has a synergistic effect that could reduce the amount of oil required. In a third field experiment, the most promising products were applied directly at the junction between the plastic and the soil to test their effectiveness on plants naturally present in the field.
From 2015 to 2016
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
This project will lead to promising weed control products for organic farmers.
Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | AEF-Global
This project will provide a better understanding of interactions between a vegetable polyculture system and hedges composed of shrubs and perennials in order to enhance the impact of beneficial insects on vegetable crops.
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
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