Agro-Ecosystem Resilience

Agro-Ecosystem

Research focuses on identifying, monitoring, and integrating crop management strategies to optimize agricultural inputs, enhance crop productivity, improve soil/water quality, manage nutrients, mitigate greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change, and reduce impacts from invasive and known pests. Kentville RDC also investigates climate adaptation strategies and tools for the Atlantic region.

Successful solutions

  • Implemented a weather and climate website for the Atlantic region that provides decision support tools for producers managing weather and climate related risks (AgWeather Atlantic: atl.agrometeo.org).

  • Advancement of watershed modeling tools (SWAT).

  • Reported the first record of invasive species, Drosophila suzukii, in 2011 in Nova Scotia.

  • Produced and distributed a postcard on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug to raise public awareness on this newly identified species in Canada that threatens our agricultural sector.