Crop Support Net: A Better Alternative To Raffia

How to increase the marketability of your crops by using crop support net

Any crop that you plant will benefit greatly when you use crop support net.

cucumber with crop support net
Cucumber plants are better support when tutoring with trellis net.

This is especially true when your crops belong to either the Cucurbit family, which includes common crops such as gourds, chayote, melon, cucumber, and watermelon, or the Solanaceae family, of which some of the most common are the tomato, eggplant, and peppers. These crops not only need crop support net the most, but also adapt very easily to the use of crop support net. Since these crops are consumed in high quantities and are in such high demand on the market, the agricultural system as a whole has begun to grow these crops in even greater quantities.

tomato with double crop suport net
In macrotunnel tomato plants grow best with the use of trellis net HORTOMALLAS double row

In the search of new methodologies to increase the productivity of growing crops in both the field and in greenhouses, as well as reducing the amount of money that needs to be invested every harvest cycle, agriculturists have come to a solution that not only improves their harvests socioeconomically, but also does it in an ecological manner. By using crop support net, agriculturists have revolutionized the field of agriculture and replaced the older raffia tutoring system. Because HORTOMALLAS crop support net is a product made of polypropylene with special ultraviolet light resistance, it guarantees a significantly more efficient method to use plant support netting, and that is without even taking into consideration that the HORTOMALLAS crop support net can be reused in the same field anywhere from 3 to 6 times if the agriculturist wishes.

A comparison of crop support net compared to using a traditional raffia system

melon crop using trellis net
The grooves are completely free of leaves or branches because the crop is tutoring with trellises net HORTOMALLAS

A semi-comparative study of the difference in the cost benefit between either a raffia tutoring system or crop support net can be performed to highlight why HORTOMALLAS crop support net is the better choice. In this example, let’s take an agriculturist who needs to install either enough raffia or crop support net to cover a full hectare. With a raffia tutoring system, he would need to install about 260,000 meters worth of raffia cable of the normal caliber 7 thickness, buying around 195 to 200 kg every harvest cycle for a cucumber crop. In the same scenario but switching to trellis netting, you would need approximately 4 rolls per hectare, which would be somewhere in the area of 6,000 linear meters.

Peas with trellis net
The use of trellis net gives to the plants a better support

While buying HORTOMALLAS crop support net might appear to be a costly initial investment, the agriculturist needs to ask himself, how many times per season will you need to invest in more equipment, and even more importantly, how much more costly will the raffia system be when you include the manual labor needed to make continuous adjustments that every single growing crop will need. While these estimates at a first glance might not appear to be significant, they will nonetheless be useful to improve the marketability of your crops.

With all that being said, it is important to note that these new agricultural techniques for the growing of crops are not meant to be a total replacement of the traditional methods of growing your crops, on the contrary, they should be thought of as a complement and improvement of the more traditional methods. This will allow the agriculturist to use a more cost efficient tutoring system, increasing profits through an increase in efficiency and also an increase in crop quality.

melon plants using crop support net
planting density increases with the use of trellis net

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