Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program



This project addressed the Agricultural Water Use Efficiency priority of the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The research team studied the effects of different agricultural water management strategies viz. sprinkler irrigation, drip irrigation, and water table management on greenhouse gas emissions –nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and methane– in various crop production systems in Eastern Canada.

Four years of extensive scientific and economic data were collected from farms in Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia and has led to new analytical models and assessment tools for greenhouse gas mitigation strategies under intensive agricultural production systems. A very significant database on greenhouse gas emissions has been created, which can help drive policy decision making, and to inform the setting of realistic targets in climate change policy. Research results will provide agricultural producers with verified water management strategies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance economic competitiveness of the Canadian agri-food sector.

The project had a very strong outreach and training component. Research results have been shared with agricultural producer groups and researchers. Canadian capacity in greenhouse gas mitigation has been strengthened by the training of several new scientists in the study regions.

Symposium Program | Wednesday March 30, 2016

9:00-9:05 AM

Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Chandra A. Madramootoo, Project Leader and Professor, Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

9:05-9:25 AM

Building Resilience in Agricultural Landscapes
Dr. Brian Gray, Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

9:25-9:40 AM

Overview of the McGill led AGGP on the Effects of Agricultural Water Management Systems on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Eastern Canada
Dr. Chandra A. Madramootoo, McGill University

9:40-10:00 AM

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cultivated Muck Soils under Sprinkler Irrigation in Quebec
Kaitlin Lloyd, McGill University

10:00-10:30 AM

Session title to be confirmed

10:30-10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45-11:05 AM

Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in an Annually Cropped Temperate Agro-Ecosystem with Water and Fertilizer Management Practices
Cynthia Crézé, McGill University

11:05-11:25 AM

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Muck Soils in the Holland Marsh
Mitalie Makhani, McGill University

11:25-11:45 AM

Subsurface Recycling Irrigation of Perennial Dairy Pasture in Maritime Canada
Dr. Alan Fredeen, Dalhousie University

11:45-1:30 PM


1:30-1:50 PM

Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Affected by Fertilization and Water Table Management in Southwestern Ontario
Dr. Tiequan Zhang and Naeem Abbasi, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and McGill University

1:50-2:10 PM

Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions during Production of Woody Perennial Horticultural Crops using Water Conservation Practices
Dr. Melanie Jones, University of British Columbia

2:10-2:30 PM

The Economics of Controlled Tile Drainage and Sub-Irrigation and Field Drainage in Quebec
Mfon Essien, McGill University

2:30-2:45 PM

Coffee Break

2:45-3:05 PM

Economic Analysis of Surface and Sub-Surface Irrigation and Drainage in Eastern Canada
Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha, University of Saskatchewan

3:05-3:25 PM

Rapid Soil CO2 Analyzer (RSCA)
Florian Reumont, McGill University

3:25-4:00 PM

Closing Remarks
Dr. Chandra A. Madramootoo, McGill University


Macdonald Campus of McGill University
Macdonald-Stewart Building, Faculty Lounge (room MS2-022)
21111 Lakeshore Road
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, H9X 3V9

About the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program

The AGGP represents Canada's initial contribution to the Global Research Alliance, an international network of more than 30 member-countries that will coordinate and increase agricultural research on greenhouse gas mitigation and make new mitigation technologies and beneficial management practices available to farmers. For more information on the Global Research Alliance, visit

More Information

For more information, please contact Eduardo Ganem Cuenca by eduardo.ganemcuenca [at] (email) or by phone: (514) 398-8779.