Dupont 5131 Floating Crop Cover is 1.25 oz./sq. yd. (42 g/sq. m) spun-bonded polypropylene, light enough to float over crops as they emerge and grow. For growers who need a more durable floating cover, Dupont 5131 is the preferred choice to the standard lighter weight materials such as Reemay. When handled with care, it will last 3-4 seasons or more. It transmits adequate light (approximately 70%) for optimal crop growth. Although this material can in most circumstances provide up to 5-6 degrees of frost protection, it is not considered a frost protection blanket. The primary function is to enhance growth with a daily temperature increment over a period of several weeks. Dupont 5131 will also help to extend the growing season by providing extra protection into the Fall.
Crops that are suited for Dupont 5131:
- Vegetables -- all direct
seeded crops and transplanted vine crops. Do not cover transplanted
pepper and tomatoes unless hoops are used to prevent damage during
- Small fruits -- cover strawberries in late fall or early spring.
- Cut flowers -- Hoops might be required where wind is a problem.
- Easy to install -- unfold and secure the edges.
- Durability for extended season use.
- Ideal for vegetables, small fru1ts, and flowers.
- Protection from insects that directly damage crops and those that transmit diseases.
crops from wind; however under extremely windy conditions, crops such
tomatoes, pepper, and summer squash might be damaged by the cover.
Under such conditions, hoops should be installed to keep the cover off
- Rain water readily passes through the cover.
- An excellent cover for overwintering crops such as strawberries or flowers.
Allow 2 weeks from ordering to delivery.
- 1.25 oz./sq. yard; 42.5 grams/sq. meter
- polypropylene: # 70% Transparent - approx. 10 mil
- (warmer) 3-5 seasons
- Dupont 5131 is available in widths of 15, 30, 45, and 60 feet and may be ordered in any length required to cover a specific area.
- Seams are sewn for strength and durability.
- Apply when there is minimum wind.
- Use wider covers for greater application efficiency.
- Do not try to stretch the cover. Allow it to drape over the crop so that there will be sufficient slack for crop growth.
- Secure the edges with soil, stones, sandbags, etc. To keep out insects cover the edges with a continuous furrow of soil.
- Handle with care to prevent tearing.
Timing of planting, covering, and cover removal:
- Generally, crops may be planted about 10 days earlier than normal when covers are applied at planting.
- The covers will remain on warm season crops for about 3 weeks until pollination is needed or until the crop out-grows the space under the cover.
- For many direct seeded crops, leave the cover on until harvest.
- Covers may be left on into the fall and may provide an extra harvest for late season crops.
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