A suitable agricultural disinfectant has a wide variety of applications in agriculture. In addition to its more well-known applications, such as sanitizing animal stalls, agricultural disinfectants are most frequently used in farming to disinfect the pipes and tanks of drinking troughs and to ensure healthy plants in hydroponics systems by disinfecting pipes and basins (as well as treating nutrient solutions in irrigation systems).

They are also employed to sanitize transport and storage systems for vegetables and fruit (disinfecting cold rooms, for example), to treat plant diseases like root rot and mildew and to reduce post-harvest losses. Treating or disinfecting water for rinsing or washing salads, vegetables and fruit is not an agricultural or farming application as such, but is included here for completeness.

What makes hydrogen peroxide and silver agricultural disinfectants QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG ideal for agriculture and farming?

It goes without saying that any disinfectants and biocides used in water systems should also be suitable for disinfecting water while neither harming the plants nor leaving behind problematic residues. This narrows the choice from the outset. Oxidizing substances like chlorine, chlorine dioxide, ozone and hydrogen are the best agents.

However, these biocides all have one weakness in common – they break down upon contact with organic material and do not have a preventive effect. The result is that bacteria and fungi are not actively inhibited from forming again and can only be held in check with high dosages.

In contrast, biocides consisting of hydrogen peroxide and silver, such as agricultural disinfectant QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG, not only act faster and more powerfully on a range of microorganisms, but also last longer. This means a lower concentration of the active agent can be used, which in turn protects the plants.

Disinfecting irrigation systems in agriculture with an agricultural disinfectant

Modern agriculture frequently employs sophisticated irrigation systems such as top feeders, dripping systems or conventional sprinklers. However, the likelihood of bio-films, bacteria and fungi forming in the systems increases with a decreasing water flow rate and smaller pipes. In the former case, sections of the pipes can become blocked by bacterial slime and clotted bio-films (and entire crop sections may thus be lost unless prompt action is taken). The much-feared pythium fungi spread primarily through contaminated irrigation systems.

Consistently adding a low dosage of QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG agricultural disinfectant, or conducting intermittent shock dosing, are the available options for keeping the entire irrigation system in good shape – without bio-films, bacteria or fungi thriving in the tanks and water systems.QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG hydrogen peroxide and silver disinfectant is well-tolerated by crops, making it possible to also provide optimal protection for young and sensitive agricultural plants.

Disinfecting humidifiers, water and sprinkler systems and the role of greenhouse disinfectant

To achieve optimal humidity in greenhouses, the air requires humidifying. This is normally accomplished by spraying water through misting nozzles (fog method) either directly into the space or via air currents and ventilators. This approach works as long as water continuously flows through the pipes. But if there is standing water in the pipes supplying the misting nozzles, microbes such as bacteria and fungi quickly proliferate. In the worst cases, they can not only contaminate the plants with mould and bacteria, but also put workers' health at risk (Legionella, pseudonyms). A small quantity (10–15 ml of QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG hydrogen peroxide and silver as a greenhouse disinfectant per 1000 L of spray) is sufficient to keep agricultural humidifiers and fogging systems free from microbes.

After the harvest: disinfecting surfaces and the air in refrigerated warehouses and storage containers

Fresh from the field, fruits and vegetables are contaminated with all sorts of microbes such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi spores and mould. If this microbiological contamination is successfully reduced before storage commences, losses due to mould and rot can be cut considerably while improving storage periods immensely.

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces of containers storage rooms, machines and so forth with an agricultural disinfectant protects freshly harvested produce against becoming contaminated. This extends the storage life and storage periods. With the help of Cold fogging devices designed to treat large agricultural spaces with agricultural disinfectants, are suitable for the purpose.

After the harvest, part 2: improving storage life by disinfecting rinsing and fogging water

One option is to wash the produce by adding a small quantity of QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG hydrogen peroxide and silver ag disinfectant to the water instead of the typically-used chlorine. QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG is suitable for disinfecting drinking water and does not leave problematic residue on the produce. However, unlike chlorine, it has a long-lasting effect. This method is particularly popular for leaf lettuce but is also effective for other vegetables and fruit.

The second option is to spray the fresh-cut vegetables or crops with water containing QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG disinfectants used in agriculture. Again, only small doses are required to achieve measurable results.Because vegetables need regular fogging to prevent them from drying out anyway, it is easy to treat the water used for fogging with agricultural disinfectant QUASIL AGRO TM XXXTRA STRONG without changing the process.