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

Carl Boivin, researcher

Carl Boivin

Researcher

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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

Optimal water management

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

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