The swede midge has been the main pest of crucifers (cabbage family) in Québec since 2003. Its presence throughout the season, the difficulty of detecting the damage it causes, and its cryptic behaviour make controlling this pest very complicated. Organic producers currently rely on pest exclusion nets, which are expensive to use. It is important, therefore, to develop other effective ways of controlling this pest.
From 2014 to 2018
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
This work will lead to the development of a strategy to help control the cauliflower plant’s most formidable insect pest.
Growing Forward 2
Summary sheetBoislard, T., G. Richard, J. Boisclair. 2018. Évaluation de l’impact du paillis de plastique sur l’interruption du cycle vital de la cécidomyie du chou-fleur (Contarinia nasturtii kieffer) en culture de brocolis biologiques . IRDA. 2 p. Boislard, T., G. Richard, J. Boisclair. 2018. Évaluation de l’impact du paillis de plastique sur l’interruption du cycle vital de la cécidomyie du chou-fleur (Contarinia nasturtii kieffer) en culture de brocolis biologiques . IRDA. 2 p. Download Download
This project aims to develop an accessible and user-friendly web application that will let stakeholders search the IRDA potato soil database, one of the largest in Canada, to visualize the impact of growing practices and protocols on the biological, physicochemical, and agronomic characteristics of soils cultivated with different cropping systems.
Researcher: Richard Hogue
The aim of this project was to leverage the efficiency of drip irrigation and splitting nitrogen inputs into multiple applications to reduce total nitrogen inputs per unit produced and provide better economic and environmental alternatives to conventional irrigation.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
To manage clogging risks, the project automated pumping based on water turbidity and cover the filter to prevent light from entering the water and thus reduce algal bloom.
Researcher: Caroline Côté