Most Net-Wrap is produced from a mix of straw and corn, but many farmers also use other material. The best hay production is accomplished when the top three elements are used because the combination allows for higher moisture retention, more excellent sturdiness and better pest control. Some of the recommended benefits of net wrap also include higher baling efficiency, quicker baling turnover times, increased bale integrity after handling and transportation, more significant hay shedding capability and more efficient water loss.
Net-Wrap is less likely to harbour insects than straw. Such is because straw absorbs the moisture from the air and does not trap moisture. Corn is more stable and will not break down too quickly if exposed to rain.
To be a good hay producer, the net must be applied to all types of soil. It should be applied consistently to ensure the best quality hay each season. Using two applications of the product is best because the first one will absorb the moisture and the second will retain the moisture, allowing the hay to dry more slowly. For better results, two applications of a two-week rotation are recommended.
The benefit of net wrapping is that it allows for faster bailing, which increases hay production. Baling is an essential process because it prevents grass clippings and animal waste from entering the fields. It prevents weed seeds from escaping, which reduces weed seed contamination and promotes plant growth. Baling also prevents excessive water loss.
Proper maintenance of the product is required to maintain its ability to control weeds. The top three materials used for net wrap are corn, straw and hay. It should be done consistently to prevent weeds from growing out of control and reduce watering.
Be sure to rake and mulch the hay after each harvest, especially the corn stalks. Such prevents the hay from being compacted and allows for more moisture to escape into the ground.
It is essential to apply at least a two week’s worth of topsoil and fertiliser before covering the hay. It will prevent grasses and weeds from taking root and allows the cover to become less compacted with time.
To prevent weed seed from spreading, remove the grass when harvesting the corn crop and place a cover at the end of the cornrow. It will create a weed barrier.
Hay and corn should be harvested at the same time. It allows the nutrients in the straw and corn to get absorbed by the soil.
It is an efficient way of reducing weed pressure while maintaining the quality of the farm manager’s needs. Because it prevents moisture loss, it is much less expensive than crop rotation as technology improves, the number of crops that can be covered with net increases. It means more profit for farmers and less cost for the environment.
This type of farming reduces the need for synthetic fertilisers and pesticides and allows for more time spent on other farm products. Since it provides moisture control, it contains natural resources for the soil. Such prevents soil erosion, making the land healthier for future crops.