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.
From 2015 to 2019
This project will help growers decide whether or not to invest in irrigation infrastructure.
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
Exclusion nets have proven to be effective against nearly all of these insect pests, which means that it’s possible to develop apple growing practices in Québec that are not only neonicotinoid free, but also devoid of all pesticides (including acaricides, given that mite problems are a consequence of broad-spectrum insecticide use). Although the net exclusion microsystem studied in Québec since 2012 has demonstrated its effectiveness in controlling insect pests, some issues remain to be studied before it can be unreservedly recommended. Among these are the handling times for the nets, i.e., installation/removal and opening/closing, and the system’s profitability and durability over the long haul for various cultivars.
Researcher: Mikaël Larose
The results of this project will provide tools to support producers and ensure the competitiveness and development of Wild Boreal Blueberry and organic blueberry production sectors, two of Quebec’s specialties.
Researcher: Carl Boivin