Walter Ruggia from Retilplast describes the new cover system as "a simple, inexpensive, practical and efficient structure that is easy to open and close, resistant to adverse weather events and with a similar cost to table grape covers. We are used to structures with a length of 30-40 m, but these can reach 200 m with the same air circulation and temperature regulation characteristics."
"These structures not only enable earlier harvests, but also protect crops from adverse weather events, which include not only rain but also wind, as it could dehydrate the leaves or even halt the plant cycle."
"The roof is semi-flat and poles are made of iron or cement with different layouts. First of all, we need to select the height - 3 or 4 meters - then we choose the various layouts:
- Height of 3 meters: 3x6 or 4x5 ideal for table grapes, blueberries, raspberries or other small fruits;
- Height of 4 meters: 4x5 or 5x5 recommended for cherries, kiwifruits or other species not born to be covered."
"Plastic films are also essential. The complete kit includes PolyFilm-Plus, an innovative film developed to defend the crop from changing weather conditions and favor early ripening. This film stands out not only thanks to its high transparency and excellent light diffusion, but also because it protects crops against excessively high temperatures in warm days."
"In addition, it features a side reinforcement and a "2-Z" installation system that favors ventilation and regulates temperature thanks to the fact that the central aisle opens by max 1.00 m."
"Climate change makes it impossible to grow produce without suitable protection systems. A good cover that can guarantee and even bring harvesting forward can be essential for an agricultural business, granting a good income and visibility with an initial investment of €25-40/m2."