Silage Tarps can help save Australian Farmers Billions every year
Posted: Apr 12, 2019
The use of tarpaulin covers has become increasingly relied upon in a broad range of industries, particularly that of the farming and agricultural industry. Thanks to increases in quality and durability, the use of tarps for agriculture has expanded(they have been used for this for many years) to covering hay or grain, sheltering machinery and providing shade for livestock. Silage tarps play an important role in improving production by removing crop residue and minimising the presence of weeds, which costs Australian farmers billions of dollars every year.(which type of crop is this referring to and how is this done? Is it silage that does this or the tarp?)
According to an economic research undertaken by the Weeds CRC, the economic impact of weeds on Australia’s agricultural industry costs farms around $1.5 billion a year in weed control, and another $2.5 billion a year in lost agricultural production.Farmers can expect to experience a reduction in the onset of weeds in places where sun exposure and temperature is high. Weeds that thrive when exposed to light will die when such silage tarps are in place, creating a field free of weeds which can take place in only a few weeks. Another benefit of utilising such tarps is the environment which is created for the soil, whereby, seedbanks are heavily reduced, which does not allow weed seedlings to survive due to light deprivation.
Increase Length of Growing Seasons
Another reason to use silage tarps is to protect prepped field crops from the onset of extreme wet weather. By protecting prepped beds, farmers won’t be delayed when it comes to working up the beds or turning in cover crops, which can extend the length of their growing seasons. This ensures the beds remain dry, irrespective of the weather, while also remaining clean in preparation for the upcoming planting season.
Some crops will only thrive in specific climates, so using silage tarps is a great way to manipulate the temperature and moisture levels of the soil. The roots of crops can be kept warmer than they would if no tarp was used, which increases their growth within the early stages of their life, whilst also resulting in far more nutrient dense and pest resistant yield.
Finally, the protection offered by silage tarps from wind and extreme weather means that the soil has a greater ability to retain moisture levels. This reduces the need for frequent irrigation, which saves time and resources for farmers. This protection also extends to crop yield after harvest, protecting it from spoiling during transportation.
Choosing your Tarp
When it comes to selecting silage tarps, there are a few factors you should consider. The size of your farm and the average weather conditions will determine what you should look for in your choice. Work with a supplier who can provide custom made tarps such as specific hems, eyelets, loops, pockets, and accessories. Make sure you select a product that offers sufficient durability for your needs and environment, while also offer UV resistance and are tear and fire resistant.
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