Italy: Ortoclima against frost
During winter, producers are increasingly put to the test by extreme weather conditions. The latest cold fronts have a significant impact on crops, which need to be protected.
Every small detail must be paid attention to and all varieties must be supported with high-quality fabrics.
Agrintech has been meeting market needs with the Ortoclima non-woven fabric range.
It's a UV ray stabilised product that lets light, air and water through while constituting an effective barrier against wind, parasites and frost up to -5°C.
Ortoclima is applied on small plantlets after sowing, leaving enough space to let them grow without impediment. It can be left in place until right before harvesting.
As for late varieties, it can also be used in October to protect crops against frost, making it possible to delay harvesting thus meeting market needs.
It can be used on a wide range of products:
- salad, radishes, carrot and cabbage remain covered until 4-6 days before harvesting
- cucumbers and melons are covered until 4-6 weeks after sowing
- strawberries (uncovered before blossoming to favour pollination), potatoes, cauliflower, leek and celery.
In addition to protecting crops against the cold, it can also be used against harmful insects and viruses.
Ortoclima is available at standard widths between 1 and 3.20 m, with the option of combining nets up to 22 m.
The last frost of the season is often the one that does the worst damage because its impact is often underestimated. As it's rather difficult to source the product at the last minute, we recommend setting things up in advance.
Publication date: 3/8/2018
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