A number of studies, as well as comments from regional extension agents and producers, indicate that the soil on Québec farms has deteriorated. Since the inventory on soil degradation was released in 1990, no studies have been done that can give us an idea of the current state of Québec’s agricultural soils.
MAPAQ therefore wishes to examine and document current soil conditions to guide its actions and help it set priorities.
The project consists of evaluating soil degradation based on representative samples taken in Québec’s main soil regions and parent materials. Seventy-one series, including the most commonly cultivated soils, are being replicated six times, for a total of 426 plots. Pedological, biological, physical, and chemical properties of the soils are being examined and compared to those of soils that have not been disturbed or degraded. As far as possible, the same sites as in the 1990 inventory are being used in order to evaluate changes in soil health since that time.
From 2017 to 2022
Field crops, Fruit production, Market gardening
Soil health, Laboratory analyzes, Ecosystem protection
This major project will help ensure soil productivity, while maintaining the many functions of soil required for a healthy ecosystem.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
Research report • Claude BernardBernard, C.. 2019. Mesure des mouvements de sol à l'aide du Césium-137 (137CS) - Utilisation dans le cadre de l'étude sur l'état de santé des sols agricoles du Québec. IRDA. 22 p. Bernard, C.. 2019. Mesure des mouvements de sol à l'aide du Césium-137 (137CS) - Utilisation dans le cadre de l'étude sur l'état de santé des sols agricoles du Québec. IRDA. 22 p. Using isotopic techniques to investigate soil erosion processes Download Download
The project evaluated and compared the effectiveness of two types of subsoil plows (mounted on a bulldozer or a tractor) operated parallel and perpendicular to the tile drains to improve soil drainage conditions and productivity compared to control plots.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
Canola and wheat (wheat-corn-canola rotation) were planted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on 12 experimental plots with tillage practices on the main plots (minimum tillage and chisel plow) and fertilization methods (mineral fertilizers, 25 m3/ha of pig manure and 50 m3/ha of pig manure) in the subplots.