How Soil Fumigation Works

Healthy fields. Healthy yields

Planting in soil affected by destructive pests such as nematodes, fungi, insects, weeds, and other pathogens can be devastating to a crop. Many common soil-borne issues can be controlled with fumigation in order to achieve greater, higher-quality yields.

A basic overview of how fumigation conditions the soil for planting and optimum plant health.

  • Step 1: Soil Is Injected
    Fumigants are injected as liquids into the soil to control harmful insects, nematodes, weeds, bacteria, fungi, and diseases that have invaded a field.
  • Step 2: Volatises Into Gas
    The fumigant volatizes into gas diffusing through the soil air space, radiating out from the point of injection.
  • Step 3: Reduces The Harmful Pathogens
    The treatment significantly reduces the harmful pathogens and rebalances the native beneficial soil microbe population, conditioning it for planting.
  • Step 4: Fumigant Decomposes
    The fumigant decomposes rapidly in the soil; and some fumigants, like Chloropicrin, actually biodegrade into plant nutrients.
  • Step 5: Crop Planting
    Crop planting takes place in the newly conditioned soil.
  • Step 6: Healthy Plants
    Healthy plants are able to maximise their water and nutrient use and grow to full yield potential with no uptake of fumigant into the plan root or residue on the plant.

Partner with New Zealand’s leading Soil Fumigator

Leicesters partners with producers across, providing specialised soil fumigation services tailored to helping prevent, treat, and ward against soil-borne diseases in order to achieve healthy soil that supports the growth of quality crops.

This includes the use of Chloropicrin, which is an environmentally friendly, multi-purpose soil fumigant and leading alternative to the likes of Methyl Bromide. Chloropicrin maintains plant growth and mitigates against infestations without killing off beneficial soil fungi, bacteria, or leaving behind fumigant residue.


How Soil Fumigation Works