Buffer Zone Regulations and Alternatives to Pre-plant Soil Fumigation: Using Steam in California Strawberry Production

Yan Xu, Steven A. Fennimore, Rachael E. Goodhue, Karen Klonsky, and Thomas Miller

from ARE Update Vol. 17, No. 3, Jan/Feb, 2014

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Abstract

The number of regulations regarding pre-plant soil fumigation is increasing. Buffer zones are required for methyl bromide and chloropicrin applications. Choosing application blocks, methods, and rates to maximize profits is becoming a difficult challenge for growers. One consideration is the management of the buffer zone. We consider the costs and returns of using steam for pre-plant soil disinfestation in a non-fumigated buffer zone.

Keywords

alternatives to methyl bromide, chloropicrin, fumigation regulation

Citation

Yan Xu, Steven A. Fennimore, Rachael E. Goodhue, Karen Klonsky, and Thomas Miller. "Buffer Zone Regulations and Alternatives to Pre-plant Soil Fumigation: Using Steam in California Strawberry Production." ARE Update 17(3)(2014):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2014/17/3/buffer-zone-regulations/