Soil fumigants provide protection for crops against soil-inhabiting plant pathogenic organisms such as nematodes, fungi, and insects. They also allow the control of weeds and their seeds. When applied prior to seeding or planting, soil disinfection creates a favorable biotope that promotes healthy crop growth. This allows growers to start with a clean field, protecting the crops from a very early stage. In addition to their protective role, they also assist in improving the quality and yield of the crop by enhancing plant vigor.
Eastman’s ready-to-use products metam sodium and metam potassium are used primarily in connection with growing high-value fruit and vegetable crops such as carrots, tomatoes, lettuces, melons, strawberries, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and green beans. They are also widely used for growing ornamentals and tree nurseries.
Soil fumigants with metam sodium or metam potassium are residue-free crop options. The mode of action and the degradation of the products into simple organic compounds do not give rise to any pesticide residue in the subsequent cultivated crops. This allows a reduction in the overall use of other pesticides, thereby greatly reducing the risks of residues from those products in the crops. Metam sodium and metam potassium are compatible with integrated pest management (IPM) and can be associated with others techniques to control soil parasites, such as solarization, rotation, biofumigation, the use of resistant crop varieties, and the incorporation of antagonist organisms.
Eastman stimulates advanced application techniques through partnerships with constructors of application machines, greenhouse specialists, and professional applicators.
*Metam sodium and metam potassium are both categorized in the U.S.as “Restricted Use Pesticide.”
Cedroz™ post-planting bionematicide
Cedroz™ is an innovative, terpene-based, post-planting bionematicide for the control of root-knot nematodes in fruits and vegetables. It is a copy of a natural plant defense mechanism and hence nature identical. The two active compounds—thymol and geraniol—have a synergistic mode of action that increases their efficacy in treated soil when together. Cedroz shows effective performance against root-knot nematodes, resulting in high-quality crops and high yields, and is approved for use in organic farming in the EU.** Learn more about Cedroz.
**According to Council Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007 of June 2007 on organic production and labeling of organic products. Geraniol and thymol were added via Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2164 of December 2019, amending Regulation (EC) No. 889/2008.
Eastman is serious about safety and committed to providing information and training on the correct, safe application of their soil disinfectants in addition to the standard application and safety information found on labels and technical data sheets.
Metam Stewardship Manual - Dutch
Metam Stewardship Manual - English (Europe)
Metam Stewardship Manual - English (U.S.)
Metam Stewardship Manual - French International
Metam Stewardship Manual - Greek
Metam Stewardship Manual - Italian
Metam Stewardship Manual - Portuguese (Brazil)
Metam Stewardship Manual - Spanish (Latin America)
Metam Stewardship Manual - Spanish (Europe)
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