Beginning in 2012, growers and applicators will have to follow new Environmental Protection Agency regulations if they use soil fumigants, regardless of the product.

Among the new requirements are buffer zones, a site-specific fumigation management plan and post-fumigation summary reports.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has done a good job condensing the requirements into a two-page easy-to-understand information sheet.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has a good website that walks you through the myriad of changes.

If you farm in the Midwest, you can receive a refresher course on these fumigation rule changes at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo, Dec. 7-9, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The 2011 Southeast Strawberry Expo also will have a session discussing the fumigation rule changes at the annual event, Nov. 8, in Durham, N.C.