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The Benefits of Soil Fumigation

A fumigant is a substance used as a pre-treatment in the soil for pest management and disease control. Commonly, fumigation takes place two to three weeks prior to planting. This allows the plant roots to develop in a clean soil environment, resulting in healthy root systems, earlier growth, longer harvest windows and better utilization of nutrients.

Organic and conventional farmers rely on soil fumigation for the success of their crops. Virtually all nurseries growing nuts, fruit trees, and grapevines use soil fumigants to produce healthy, viable plants used by all growers. Soil fumigants work to purify the soil for planting, allowing the beneficial organisms to thrive while suppressing the repopulation of the damaging pathogens that could negatively impact the growers yield.

Soil fumigants:

  • Reduce the amount of other pesticides needed
  • Reduce fertilizer requirements while making nitrogen and other nutrients more available to plants
  • Reduce water usage due to a healthier vascular system in the roots allowing more efficient uptake
  • Allow plants to grow to their maximum potential and productivity

 

The possibility of growing high valued, specialty crops on valuable farm land becomes a reality with the safe use of soil fumigation.