Protecting America’s Crops – Safely and Effectively

From beets to beans, peppers to pumpkins, farms across the country are enjoying the arrival of fall crops.

For some crops, the fall yield is by far the most important. In fact, according to the USDA, the fall potato crop comprises about 90% of the total potato production in the country.[1]  In general, American farmers are responsible for producing approximately $143 billion worth of crops each year[2]—a staggering number that’s of utmost importance to the country’s economy, the economy of the agricultural industry and to the individual farmers. 

Unfortunately, what many of these farmers have in common is the growing need to combat invasive species, both native and non-native. These can be the fairly mild yet common pests, such as deer, rabbits, and hornworms, or they can be a more “exotic” species, which arrive from other countries and cause serious harm.

As the government increases restrictions on the use of certain chemicals, and farmers continually look to be more environmentally-friendly, combating pests of all kinds becomes more challenging. Most farmers prefer methods of keeping pests away that won’t damage their crops nor hurt the non-invasive species.

One of the best and safest methods of doing so is through the use of industrial netting. In fact, many consider industrial nets to be the only form of 100% crop protection—and certainly the most environmentally-friendly. They keep birds, rabbits, insects, and other species out, and even protect against other environmental factors, such as hail. As a result, farmers see a significant return on their investment and a higher crop yield.

Industrial netting can be extremely lightweight while exceptionally strong and durable, and can be custom altered for the specific application. Whatever the crop—or the pest threatening it—a net can be made to meet its needs. Nets also provide advantages within the aquaculture industry, protecting clams and other shellfish from sea life predators ensuring higher yields for the farmers.

For the multi-billion dollar industry on the whole, or the individual farmers whose livelihood depends on their crops, thankfully there are safe, easy solutions that do no harm in the process. You can learn more about Apex Mills’ netting on our website, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

[1] http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/vegetables-pulses/potatoes.aspx#.U_uzq_mwJxU

[2] http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/cropmajor.html