CROP: Potato

No current practice in potato production provides more benefits than soil fumigation. Soil fumigation with Strike allows plant roots to develop in an environment where nematodes and other soil borne diseases are managed.

Benefits of Soil Fumigation:

  • Extensive, healthy root system
  • Larger tuber set
  • Earlier growth
  • Better utilization of nutrients
  • Requires less irrigation
  • Longer harvest window
  • Higher marketable yields
  • Less Potato Seed Needed

    A potato is unique in that daughter tubers will grow as big as they have room to grow. A larger tuber set will require more spacing (typically 14” as compared to 10” between). This can lead to a 20% reduction in seed needed, which equates to roughly $100/acre savings by growing healthy plants.

Potatoes in the field
Russet Burbank Potatoes

Common Potato Diseases and Pathogens:

  • Lesion Nematode
  • Verticillium Wilt
  • Common Scab
  • Black Dot
  • Fusarium
  • Pythium
  • Phytophthora
  • Rhizoctonia spp
  • Collototricum spp
Potatoes with Common Scab
Untreated vs Strike Treated // Common Scab
Potato Field Strike Treated

Potato Fields

Strike Treated

Potato Field Untreated

Potato Fields


“Soil fumigation treatment is necessary for the control of Verticillium and other root rot. These fungi live in the soil for a long time and do not disappear with time.”

-Dr. Albert O Paulus Plant Pathologist, U.C. Riverside