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How to protect watermelons from heat and solar radiation

High temperatures and an excess of solar radiation can damage the quality, profitability and therefore the yield of the watermelon and melon season. In order to solve this problem, which affects producers in the field, Decco has developed its Deccoshield sunscreen.

Deccoshield protects both fruit and the plant from excessive sun. Its formulation is based on a micronized calcium carbonate and is certified for use in organic farming by SOHISCERT.

How does Deccoshield melon and watermelon work?
Deccoshield is formulated to maximize the diffusion of light and thus absorb the minimum amount within the UV spectrum. The diffused light avoids heat stress by decreasing the temperature of the plant between 4 and 6 ºC, however the leaves receive the necessary radiation to perform photosynthesis thanks to the micronized particles. The temperature of the leaves depends to a great extent on the light, which is why Deccoshield absorbs, reflects and transmits the solar rays maximizing the protection and health of the plant.

Advantages of Deccoshield
Heat damage is estimated to affect 40% of the production of melons and watermelons. Deccoshield prevents sunburn, stops the plant withering and improves the homogeneity and the quality of the fruit, thus increasing the profitability of the production of melons and watermelons.

In addition, when the crop is healthy, resistance against mildew and powdery mildew is improved and Deccoshield’s application is a physical barrier that reduces insect attacks.

The formulation of Deccoshield is liquid which facilitates its use and application in the field and is fast drying thus resisting regular rainfall. The elimination of the product is simple with conventional cleaning operations usually used in warehouses. Finally, Deccoshield increases the postharvest life of melons and watermelons, helping to mitigate food waste.

Deccoshield has proven its effectiveness on fruit as varied as: early citrus, grape, pear, apple, melon, avocado, pomegranate, olive, plums, pumpkins and tomatoes. If you need more information do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to answer any questions.

For more information:
Decco Worldwide
Villa de Madrid, 54
46988 PI Fuente del Jarro
Paterna (Valencia)
+34 663 239 423

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