Since workforce is key in the strawberry sector, the industry has targeted a reduction in vulnerabilities due to labour costs as a priority in its 2017–2020 Strategic Plan. This is critical because payroll accounts for 54% of all production costs incurred by strawberry and raspberry producers. In addition, according to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), the field fruit and vegetable industry will be among the most severely impacted by labour shortages between now and 2025, with 10,800 industry jobs going unfilled across Canada. In a highly competitive environment, where Québec’s trade balance is deep into the red, it is imperative that the entire sector boost its workforce productivity and overall competitiveness. This project looks to address this industry need, as set out in its strategic plan, by studying ways to maximize workforce productivity.
From 2019 to 2021
Québec's strawberry industry will boost its competitiveness through improvements in workforce productivity.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec | Association des producteurs de fraises et de framboises du Québec
Using sound irrigation management to control frost and water stress in lowbush blueberry helps stabilize yield while minimizing environmental impacts.
The hypothesis was that it should be possible to measure sap flow in apple trees and correlate it with soil water conditions and the weather.
Exploration of the potential of detecting water stress in lowbush blueberries using a thermal infrared imaging sensor installed on a drone.