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
By enhancing our understanding: 1) of the nitrogen supply dynamics associated with the use of mixed green and farmyard manure applications, and 2) of the timeline of nitrogen uptake by garlic; we hope to fine-tune fertilization strategies so they meet the needs of garlic crops, while minimizing phosphorus accumulation and nitrogen leaching.
Researcher: Christine Landry
The aim of this project is to evaluate this aspect of potato production economics to assist producers and their advisors.
Researcher: Luc Belzile