A study published by engineering firm BPR points to a major water-supply problem affecting the Île d’Orléans farming community. Low-flow rivers and the scarcity of underground water sources have compounded the dilemma and forced farmers to draw water from ponds. Although more than 600 ponds have been added over the years, current reserves will not meet the demand. Furthermore, the thin layer of topsoil with its high gravel content means reliance on irrigation is even greater. This project will enlist the support of MRC de l’Île d’Orléans farmers, IRDA stakeholders, MAPAQ, and private companies to explore and experiment with new approaches and ways to preserve, develop, and enhance the MRC’s bio-food sector. New solutions with the potential to reduce or eliminate the area’s water deficit will be assessed.
From 2019 to 2020
Market gardening, Livestock production, Fruit production
Optimal water management
These solutions have the potential to alleviate the water shortage on Île d'Orléans.
Dubois Agrinovation | Ferme des Pionniers | Ferme Jean-Claude Pouliot | Ferme Louis Gosselin | Ferme Maurice et Philippe Vaillancourt | Ferme Onésime Pouliot | Fonds de la région de la Capitale-Nationale | Soleno
Evaluation of new practices to control cutworms in organic vegetable production.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
This project aims to limit the impacts of climate change on broccoli crops by evaluating and documenting the tolerance to climatic stress of 10 broccoli varieties intended for the fresh market.
Researcher: Carl Boivin
This project aims to develop an accessible and user-friendly web application that 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