Strawberries are the specialty of Ferme Gadbois. The fields redden continuously from June to October. A true race against time, as the summer variety matures in three weeks and the autumn variety in an even shorter period. On the multiple harvests, diseases and parasites do not say goodbye.
For Jonathan Gadbois, co-owner of the family business, one of the main challenges of his work is to ensure the phytoprotection of strawberries, that is, to choose the appropriate preventive methods, but also to apply the appropriate treatments to guarantee the sustainability of these fungi-prone crops. and diseases. “The arrival of insects from the south also forces us to find new methods to combat these intruders,” he illustrates.
Farming methods have changed considerably since those used by Jonathan Gadbois’s great-grandfather. Ways to control pests too. The young gardener only had to see climate change and the promotion of healthier foods to join the Agrobonsens movement, which promotes integrated pest management, a method that must be reasoned and not systematic, he believes.
Prevent, monitor, cure: the three stages of this integrated pest management are therefore at the heart of daily activities on the farm; They take different forms, depending on the season or the year.
A good example of prevention is the presence of the Prisme projection club in the land of Gadbois for more than 25 years. Twice a week, an agronomist and a scout observe and analyze the crops. For the company, this presence is a fundamental tool to act in the event of a possible infection and guarantee personalized monitoring of any pest in the crop. Chemical interventions are highly targeted; They are only carried out if necessary.
“Since growing fall strawberries, which require more control and more fungicides, we have been looking at rotating the products used and trying to integrate certified organic produce,” adds Jonathan Gadbois. . To reduce the use of fungicides, the latter also performs crop rotation. The hundred hectares of it allow him to move his strawberry field every four years, a technique that offers better control of soil diseases.
Determined to produce a healthy agriculture, Jonathan Gadbois invites his colleagues to “go to the fields to see what is happening and use different means of control, whether biological, chemical, mechanical or manual. I believe that integrated pest management must really become a necessity. It’s just common sense! »
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