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Evaluation of multi-row covers and support structure for cantaloupe and summer squash
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations
  • H. Mark Hanna, Iowa State University
  • Brandon L. Carlson, Iowa State University
  • Brian L. Steward, Iowa State University
  • Kurt A. Rosentrater, Iowa State University
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Conference Proceeding
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2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting
Conference Date
July 26–29, 2015
(29.95106579999999, -90.0715323)
Covers excluding insects are an alternative to pesticide control on cantaloupe and squash. Tests evaluated support structure and two types of cover material (spunbond polypropylene and polyethylene mesh) during mid-summer field conditions. Sagging cover material over time suggested limiting distance between single supports to 2 m or less. Tennis balls atop single supports avoided cover damage better than rebar caps. Spunbond polypropylene had more tears and damage than polyethylene mesh during use. Wire hoops centered over the row, spaced 2.3 m along the row avoided cover damage while keeping material off the crop.

This proceeding is from 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Paper No. 152182687, pages 1-8 (doi: 10.13031/aim.20152182687). St. Joseph, Mich.: ASABE. Posted with permission.

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American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
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H. Mark Hanna, Brandon L. Carlson, Brian L. Steward and Kurt A. Rosentrater. "Evaluation of multi-row covers and support structure for cantaloupe and summer squash" New Orleans, LA, United States(2015)
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