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
The project evaluated and compared the effectiveness of two types of subsoil plows (mounted on a bulldozer or a tractor) operated parallel and perpendicular to the tile drains to improve soil drainage conditions and productivity compared to control plots.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
IRDA was in charge of conducting the economic analysis for this project carried out by Club agroenvironnemental de l’Estrie (CAE Estrie).
Researcher: Luc Belzile
This project proposes an intervention in a typical potato cropping system to enhance the crop uptake of water and nitrogen.
Researcher: Carl Boivin