Woven or non-woven crop netting benefits – It extends further than just your crops
The use of woven or non-woven crop netting is vital to the growth, cost effectiveness and safety of produce. It has a direct effect on the agricultural economy and also to the consumer. Since its birth in the 60’s, Agrotextiles, (woven, knitted and non-woven fabrics) have made a huge impact in the agricultural industry. It is reportedly one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the textile industrial sector.
These crop nettings are designed for performance and their technical properties, in lieu of aesthetic qualities. This guarantees functionality, durability and strength. The versatility of it all is quite a dominant characteristic. The uses of this textile crop netting revolution further reaches out to the areas of nets for covering pallets, agricultural products packaging, aviary netting and grow netting.
Safety benefits of woven or non-woven crop netting
Pests have a major detrimental effect on the successful harvesting of crops. Thorough crop protection is of foremost importance when looking to produce high quality harvest with the least amount of wastage. Woven or non-woven crop netting has been at the forefront of targeting these issues with efficient protective Agrotextiles. Not only do they create a barrier between the crops and pests, but also between the diseases that these pests may carry. These diseases indirectly affect the integrity of the farmer and threaten the security of the crops.
Mechanical transmission of viruses also needs to be considered when looking at Agrotextiles. Growers will take as many precautions as necessary to maintain a high level of sanitation, but it only takes ‘one’ touch of an infected plant to instigate a massive domino effect on once healthy yields. Agro textile crop netting has taken out the manual labor intensive processes, in order to minimize the possibility of a worker mistakenly spreading a contagious crop disease throughout the entire harvest. By limiting the excessive need for the plant to be continually twined by hand during its growing phases, the need for workers to constantly walk the trenches is greatly reduced. This saves time, workforce and valuable capital.
Protective crop netting has been specifically engineered to prohibit harmful prey, pests, insects, birds, animals and even bats from the yield. To a rather large extent, less harmful pesticide needs to be used to deter unwanted rodents from entering the crop field to do any damage. Another added advantage of crop netting is that pollinating insects are also kept securely in their designated areas. This ensures proficiency and timeous harvesting.
Convenience is the key when it comes to agricultural savings. Woven or non-woven fabric for crop netting has a number of crucial elements when it comes to its cost effectiveness. The adaptability of the crop netting is profound, and offers ease across areas such as, bird protection (aviary netting), sunscreens, windshields and turf protection. Horizontal layered net stretching allows flowers to have a higher sales value by ‘training’ them to grow straight and uniformed.
Woven or non-woven crop netting saves an impressive amount of money by lessening the need for extra physical labor. The assurance of high quality produce ensures profitable pricing for the harvester. Space is optimized by the smart design of the crop netting and can be used to increase output, which would in turn increase turnaround. Water is used more sparingly, thanks to the smart pattern layout of the textiles. The reliance on expensive (and toxic) pesticides is massively reduced, which also positively affects the health of the consumer and in a larger scheme of things, the health of the environment. Agricultural cost effectiveness leads to additional cost savings for the market places, stores and consumers.
Beneficial growth factors
Insect meshes, cherry covers, root ball nets, plant nets and ground cover all lend to the exceptional usefulness of woven or non-woven crop netting. Grow netting is instrumental in the favorable outcome of the yield.
The number of crops that can be harvested is greatly increased, as well as massively reduced fungus and mold growth, due to the larger spaces offered between the netting sheets. Plant density is also increased along the netting by the expansion of the growth surface. Safe exposure to the sun is increased, as is aeration within the field. The netting is specially designed not to damage or cut into the crops in any way. The structural support that is offered by the woven or non-woven crop netting protects the crop throughout their growing processes. It is also known that these textiles lend to extending the life span and increasing the health of the crops.
Pronounced geographical protection
Weather and climate change has been known to cause a number of significant damages in the agricultural sector. Smarter netting methods needed to be implemented in order to begin minimizing these concerns. Woven or non-woven crop netting provides a smart, cost effective, reduces physical labor solution.
As much as weather and climate changes are ‘standardized’ phenomenon, they are also geographically unique. For example, the specific agricultural requirements of South America would be different to that of South Africa due to their different climates and the individualized needs of their respectable crops. At one location the crop netting would be used to protect the crops from excessive sun exposure, and at the other point, the netting would be used to protect the crop from the cold.
Traditional “on ground” methods for crops have come full circle, by now being able to be grown vertically thanks to Agrotextiles. By directly avoiding solid contact with the fruit for instance, ‘fruit spots’ developing is reduced, which in turn safeguards their market value. This further improves safe solar exposure and aeration which helps aid in the reduction of fungal attacks. Strong, surprise, torrential rains also have little to no effect in the damaging of crops that would have once been situated on the ground.
This unique, individual catering greatly enhances the quality and the yield of crops within any given region.