Agro-Ecosystem Resilience

Agro-Ecosystem

Charlottetown RDC develops best management practices in heavily leached areas that are subject to intensive production to ensure sustainable agriculture in sensitive environments. A modern suite of chemistry labs and field research facilities help monitor the effects of cropping systems and practices on soil and ground water health.

Successful solutions

  • Developing new crop rotations and utilizing cover crops to build soil organic matter, reduce erosion, retain nutrients, and decrease insect and disease pressures.

  • Utilizing willow trees at the field/buffer zone interface to trap sediment and nutrients.

  • Reducing nutrient loading to surface water with wood chip bio-filters.

  • Developing new soil test indices to reduce phosphorus applications.