Canola and wheat (wheat-corn-canola rotation) were planted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on 12 experimental plots with tillage practices on the main plots (minimum tillage and chisel plow) and fertilization methods (mineral fertilizers, 25 m3/ha of pig manure and 50 m3/ha of pig manure) in the subplots. Soil samples are taken in the spring and fall at depths of 0-10, 10-20, and 20-40 cm for physical, chemical (macronutrients and micronutrients, etc.) and microbiological analyses (E. coli, enterococci, and antibiotic resistance genes). Physical, chemical, and microbiological tests are conducted on pig manure in the field and drainage water is sampled based on rainfall frequency (about 18 sampling operations per year). Crop yields and their macronutrient and micronutrient content are also measured.
From 2016 to 2019
Food safety and quality
This project’s findings will help growers produce food that meets the highest safety standards.
Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Université de Montréal
This project relies on the continuous measurement of field water table heights; water exports; as well as sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus runoff into drains at four field-crop production sites.
Researcher: Aubert Michaud, retraité
This project evaluated the impact of various corn, soya, and wheat fertilization methods on marketable yields, harvest quality, nitrate losses, and movement of microorganisms potentially pathogenic for humans.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
The objective of this project was to develop effective techniques for controlling water table levels in sphagnum moss basins. Underground irrigation systems were installed at a number of experimental sites.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout