In 2013, Farm Fuel Inc. was awarded a grant by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to better introduce anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) to conventional berry growers in California and facilitate its adoption, especially in light of the phase out of methyl bromide. ASD is an alternative to the use of health-harming fumigant pesticides.
Participating growers were provided with materials, consultation and monitoring for one-acre field trials to demonstrate the efficacy of ASD. In addition, larger demonstration plots were established to demonstrate application of ASD on a commercial acreage scale. The results are details in the document below.