Canada thistle and sow thistle are the worst perennial weeds in organic field crops. Mechanical weeding methods commonly used to control annual weeds do not work on perennials. Integrated management methods for these weeds are lacking and there is very little information on their vegetative propagation and ability to regenerate under our conditions. The purpose of the project was to study the vegetative propagation and regeneration capacity of Canada thistle and sow thistle with a view to developing effective weed control strategies. The data from this study was used to identify biological behaviors that can be used in managing these perennials under Québec growing conditions.
From 2014 to 2017
Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming
This project will help producers to get rid of perennial weeds.
Innov'Action | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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
Experimenting narrow-row crop weed control strategy on three crops: green beans, peas, and soybeans.
Researcher: Maryse Leblanc
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.