Introduction

We at WeatherSolve Structures Inc. are designers and manufacturers of control structures for industrial, recreational, and agricultural purposes. Our designs have been tested worldwide in extreme weather conditions. In this article, we will discuss crop protection during storage.

WeatherSolve Structures has a wide range of crop protection options. Each is individually engineered to ensure that it meets environmental improvement requirements and crop and cropping system reliability. To help you decide what system you require for crop protection, it is helpful to know the range of available systems and where they work best.

WeatherSolve’s Hail Protection Systems

Our WeatherSolve hail protection systems are generally flat and set to withstand extreme loads occurring during hailstorms. Flat systems can not only be made stronger but are generally more economical as well. In our catalog, the swivel and the fixed canopies are both flat. Fixed systems can be removed during the winter season. We recommend our retractable swivel system in such cases instead for crop protection.

Traditional hail canopies have a pitched roof, where the fabric is hung loose with a few clips around the edges, allowing the hail to spill out between the connecting points. This system requires a lot of poles and is thus difficult to make resistant to other loads, such as wind and snow. The difficulties can arise because the snow does not slide off unless the slope is over 60 degrees. The clips holding onto the plain fabric are very weak compared to the cable in the hem system.

Our WeatherSolve Structures systems have stronger selvage reinforcement and a more tautly installed fabric. The swivel system is designed to be wide during hail periods, providing crop protection. Narrow when access is needed in early spring for bee pollination, etc. The canopy can be converted from wide to narrow and back again by pulling on each end. This benefits farmers during the winter by keeping hail off their crops and allowing for easy and immediate removal if necessary. They allow a quick response to climatic changes such as hail threats, windstorms, or excessive sunshine.

Hail Canopy

Another alternative system for crop protection is the seasonally removable canopy. This style evolved due to a need for seasonal protection. The canopy is manually unclipped and tied when not needed. Due to this, the process is generally too slow and extensive to be done more than once a season. It is more helpful to farmers who have small and oddly shaped areas. 

Alongside this canopy, WeatherSolve Structures has another option: fixed bird and hail netting. Fixed bird and hail nets have different mesh sizes that stop birds and hail from harming the crop. We employ stronger and more secure fittings for adequate crop protection, installing the fabric more tautly. This creates a stronger, more durable canopy than the previously discussed seasonally removable option. Hail netting provides farmers with advantages such as providing crop protection in hailstorms. Lightweight construction enables crops to support the weight of the net. Protect the crops from significant pests and birds and enhance the covered crop’s yield.

Wind Fencing

In addition, we also offer wind protection fencing, something strong and effective that can withstand the force of powerful storms while also resolving the annoyance of light breezes. When looking for sturdy wind fence solutions, WeatherSolve Structures is a top candidate. These products have proven their exceptional performance by withstanding hurricane gusts of more than 200 miles per hour, the intense heat of the Middle East, and the bitter cold of Canadian winters. WeatherSolve Structures, Inc. offers a variety of industrial wind solutions that are crafted to your exact specifications, whether you require wind protection for plants or a wind fence to keep out the elements in a particular location. 

Mesh fencing that is semi-rigid is called windbreak fencing. It contains 8 x 6 mm nominally sized hexagonal perforations. It is made of HDPE plastic, providing exceptional strength and the ability to withstand strong winds. Up to 50% of the wind speed is slowed through the mesh holes because the wind’s force is interrupted. Knitted windbreak is a large monofilament netting known as the mesh that is perfect for industrial uses. In addition to protecting plants, crops, and gardens from wind, rain, dust, sand, and drifting snow, it is frequently used around cattle.

Windbreaks can make working and living conditions more comfortable by offering protection from chilly winter winds, hot summer winds, and blowing and drifting snow. Field windbreaks protect a range of wind-sensitive crops and prevent soil erosion by reducing the speed of the wind that carries the soil. They also boost crop yields and improve the efficiency of irrigation, pesticide, and bee pollination. Additionally, field windbreaks can evenly distribute snow across a field, resulting in more soil moisture in the spring.

A field windbreak’s primary goal is to limit soil erosion, conserve soil and plant moisture by reducing evaporation rates, and prevent crop damage and loss due to wind. One of the most crucial conservation techniques in locations with relatively flat landscapes and light sandy or organic soils is field windbreaks. Due to space constraints, field windbreaks often only contain 1-3 rows of plants, but they will still shield the soil for up to 10 times the height of the trees. In addition to preserving priceless topsoil, a field windbreak will significantly improve crop productivity and  crop protection.

The wind fences provide crop protection by deflecting snow. The way the system works is that the wind hits the barrier. It is forced to move over the barrier. During this time, the wind loses energy and no longer retains enough to carry a snow load. This will be helpful to farmers who are tired of snow continuously ruining their crops. With WeatherSolve Structures, wind fences, in addition to their function of reducing wind speed, can also act as a barrier against windborne particles. Windbreaks can serve as a buffer to lessen the influx of pesticides in areas where organic farms must have a buffer between them and non-organic growers.

Conclusion 

At WeatherSolve Structures Inc., farmers will find a variety of options to protect their crops from hailstorms. They can work with WeatherSolve’s team to make a crop protection system that works for them.

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