Researcher, agr., M.Sc.
Project Manager – Pedology, agr.
This research project aims to establish technical, economic, social and environmental benchmarks for irrigation of field and forage crops.
Field irrigation trials will be conducted under commercial production conditions from 2021 to 2023. Tests will be conducted on perennial crops (alfalfa-timothy mix in establishment and production years) in the Lower St. Lawrence region and on field crops (grain corn and soybeans) in the Capitale-Nationale region.
The results of the study will make it possible to estimate the yield gains associated with irrigation and to evaluate the impact of the water requirements of this practice on water resources under current and future climatic conditions. The economic feasibility of this practice will also be evaluated.
The project will be conducted by a team of specialists in production, agronomy, modelling, soil science, agricultural economics and biostatistics from private companies, Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement, Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
From 2020 to 2024
The project compared the nitrogen uptake effects of green manure crops grown for a full season, in association with a main crop, or after it is harvested.
Researchers: Aubert Michaud, retraité Marc-Olivier Gasser Maryse Leblanc
To provide information on the fertilizing value and environmental impact of spreading pig manure at different times, the project compared the effect of mineral fertilizer in early fall, late fall, and in the spring.
This project was aimed at identifying and incorporating biological indicators into decision support tools used to assist producers and agroenvironmental regulatory bodies seeking to preserve soil productivity and use sustainable production systems.
Researcher: Richard Hogue