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. Three sites for the trials were selected in the Montérégie, Centre du Québec, and Chaudière-Appalaches regions on highly compacted clay soils with poor natural drainage. The productivity gains in commercial corn, soybean, and grain crops were compiled, analyzed, and compared in the light of the changes observed in the physical properties and hydraulic behavior of the soils.
From 2014 to 2017
Subsoiling revives compacted soil by increasing its permeability.
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Scientific article • Marc-Olivier GasserDjiemon, A, M.-O. Gasser, J. Gallichand. 2019. Random forests to detect subsoiling and subsurface drainage effects on corn plant height and water table depth. Soil and Tillage Research. 192(September 2019) 10 p. Djiemon, A, M.-O. Gasser, J. Gallichand. 2019. Random forests to detect subsoiling and subsurface drainage effects on corn plant height and water table depth. Soil and Tillage Research. 192(September 2019) 10 p. Download Download
The goal of the project is to improve biological methods for controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in canola crops. In this project, initiated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and conducted in Québec by UQAM, IRDA is performing an economic analysis of the practices under study.
This project was carried out by Club agroenvironnemental de l’Estrie and IRDA was in charge of conducting the economic analysis.
Economic analysis of a three-year project aimed at testing methods of reducing and correcting surface soil compaction.