R&D agronomie

At Patates Dolbec, we aim to constantly improve the quality of our products, which is why we focus a lot of attention on research. Patates Dolbec has entered into agreements with prestigious partners such as Université Laval in Quebec City, Agriculture Canada and Université Laval’s Centre de recherche en horticulture (horticultural research centre). Philippe Parent, an agronomist affiliated with Université Laval, joined our team in 1998 and created a research lab that analyzes potato varieties, seed potatoes, fertilizer, soil, climate-related variations and much more! The laboratory’s soil and crop analyses, designed to calculate the exact amount of inputs needed, help boost productivity and protect the soil and environment. This is at the heart of our vision. Patates Dolbec has long seen the wisdom in linking research with production to maximize productivity, profits and product diversity. The partnership between our company and Université Laval has allowed Patates Dolbec to go further, adopt a proactive approach and break new ground.

Each year, students from Université Laval complete the practical work for their master’s degrees in our fields. The results of their research are directly applied to our work. Research is an indispensable part of farming—as Patates Dolbec is well aware. Our research into new potato varieties is an added value for the company, allowing us to offer new products to our customers

Patates Dolbec invests in research and aims to adapt potato growing to the technologies of the 21st century, at the same time taking care to protect the environment. Weather stations are set up in many of the villages near our fields. State-of-the-art cameras installed in small drone aircraft that fly over our fields allow us to see where adjustments are needed to improve production. Nothing is left to chance. GPS yield measurements are taken for every three square metres of land, allowing us to more rapidly determine soil needs. At Patates Dolbec, we conduct 1,000 soil analyses per year. All the fields are analyzed every two to three years. We fertilize according to the needs of different soils. In short, research is an essential part of what we do.