Dupont AG-06 UV Pointbonded Polyester is a general use, lightweight floating row cover. It is made of white, ultraviolet (UV) resistant spun-bonded polyester that transmits approximately 70% light, which is adequate for crop growth. Because it is very lightweight (0.6 oz/ sq. yd. or 20 g/sq. m), it is most often used as a floating row cover - that is, it gently floats on top of the crops as they emerge and grow.
Soft and non-abrasive, it will not damage crops. Supporting hoops are generally not needed. Although Dupont AG-06 is light in weight, it is durable enough for multiple uses in one season or for several years when handled with care.
|Crops Suited to AG-06
||All direct seeded crops and transplanted vine crops. Do not cover transplanted pepper and tomatoes unless hoops are used to prevent damage during windy conditions.
||Cover strawberries in late Fall or early Spring
||Hoops might be required where wind is a problem
There are many features of AG-06 that contibute to improved crop production:
- Season extension in Spring and Fall.
- Increased air temperature of 3 to 4° Fahrenheit at night. The day-time increase depends on light and ambient temperature, but at least an increase in 10F may be expected. Although there is some frost protection, the primary benefit is a temperature increase over a period of 3 to 4 weeks when the crop is covered.
- Water from rain readily passes through the cover.
- The cover protects crops from the entrance of airborne insects when the edges of the cover are buried.
- Hoops are needed only for a few crops, such as summer squash and pepper and tomatoes. (Under extremely windy conditions, hoops are needed to prevent damage to young plants of all crops.)
- Minimum labor required for installation and removal.
- Only the edge of the material has to be secured; therefore, the larger sizes are more economical to install.
|Installation Tips for AG-06
|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.
|Secure the edges with soil, stones, sandbags, et cetera. 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.
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