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.
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.