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
Production of technical sheets on the main natural enemies of Québec’s market garden crops.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
This three-year project looked at optimal ways to use a mix of flowering plants against caterpillar pests of crucifers.
A labile carbon input would displace some phosphorus into the soil solution, thus making it available again for assimilation into growing plants.
Researcher: Christine Landry