Sound water management for lowbush blueberries under fluctuating and changing climatic conditions

Carl Boivin

Researcher, agr., M.Sc.

418 643-2380
ext 430

Contact Carl Boivin

Description

Using sound irrigation management to control frost and water stress in lowbush blueberry helps stabilize yield while minimizing environmental impacts. Given that climate change may affect water budgets and flower-frost, fruit-frost synchronization, we need to enhance our knowledge to support decison-making on whether to invest in the required infrastructure.

Objective(s)

  • Develop the knowledge and tools needed for sound irrigation management based on water stress and the risk of freezing for flowers and fruit
  • Evaluate the impact of climate change on water budgets and flower-frost and fruit-frost synchronization
  • Analyze current and future profitability of irrigation systems

From 2015 to 2019

Project duration

Fruit production

Activity areas

Service

This project will help growers decide whether or not to invest in irrigation infrastructure.

Partners

Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Syndicat des producteurs de bleuets du Québec | Ouranos | Université du Québec à Chicoutimi | Ferme Forestière Paul Grenon & Fils | Bleuetière des Blanc

This may interest you

2018-2019 • Fruit production

Incorporating integrated fruit production data for strawberries, raspberries, and highbush blueberries into the SAgE Pesticides web tool

This project looks to incorporate the data for the recommended IFP berry products into the SAgE Pesticides database. The goal is to encourage farmers to adopt IFP and make it easier for them to access IFP data.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

Read more about the project

Annabelle Firlej
2015-2017 • Fruit production

Effects of various irrigation strategies on nutrient uptake in organically grown June-bearing strawberries grown in beds covered with black plastic mulch

The project was conducted at IRDA’S Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform. Strawberries (Cleary cultivar) were produced in beds covered with black plastic mulch.

Researcher: Carl Boivin

Read more about the project

Carl Boivin
2018-2020 • Fruit production

Evaluating techniques to interrupt the developmental cycle of spotted wing drosphila overwintering in Québec

The project’s overall goal is to slow the arrival of Spotted Wing Drosophila in crop plots using mass trapping at overwintering sites.

Researcher: Annabelle Firlej

Read more about the project

Annabelle Firlej
F