Oct 8, 2020
Agritela Lux by Arrigoni protects apple and pomegranate trees

Apple and pomegranate are two of the most common crops globally. The high consumption and the competition on the market require a massive production, aware of all the risks that could affect quality.

Sunburns, uneven coloring, and invasive species are the dangers that producers face in the cultivation of these two crops. On the other hand, consumers are increasingly demanding products with high qualitative, nutritional and sensory properties.

Mulching of the soil generally offers several obvious advantages. Specifically, the white reflective ground covers are specially designed to help colour the fruits and give the plants more light. The reflected light also interferes with insect sight and reduces the presence of invasive species. Finally, it affects the physical characteristics of fruits and stimulates the synthesis of important compounds such as antioxidants.

At Arrigoni, the search for innovative solutions for crops such as apple and pomegranate is a priority and, today, we are able to guarantee a particularly wide range, capable of meeting the needs of different areas and climatic zones” Milena Poledica, agronomist from Arrigoni, said in a news release.

Thanks to its experience as a leader in the design and production of agro-textiles, Arrigoni offers Agritela Lux, a reflective mulching fabric designed to improve coloring of fruits, making it more homogeneous.

Agritela Lux by Arrigoni provides the best results with clones and varieties that have difficulty in developing colour, such as apple and pomegranate, because they are grown under anti-hail nets or in areas with a low temperature range between day and night.

The secret is in the special additives that make up these ground covers, stabilized to UV rays, and able to reflect over 70% of the photosynthetically active sunlight providing more light in the lower and inner parts of the plant’s canopy. As for apples, this translates into better colouring of varieties such as Galaxy, Kanzi, Pink Lady, Pinova, Gala Schniga and 25% more marketable fruit, as evidenced by field tests conducted by Arrigoni. The fabric is UV stabilized, easy to install and can be used season after season.

Strong lateral reinforcements and the high-quality material that makes up Agritela Luxallow the installation of the fabric with hooks and clips for perfect laying on the ground. In addition, this ground cover withstands the passage of machines. Pomegranate can also benefit from the use of Agritela Lux.

To obtain a double advantage – greater protection from weeds, keeping the benefits given by the reflection of sunlight – Arrigoni proposes “Agritela Black and White,”,that is a two-tone mulching fabric, white on the surface and black on the side in contact with the ground. The main effect of the black-white combination is in fact to make it possible, at the same time, a higher protection from weeds (black side) and maintain the supply of additional light to the plants (white side), for a better colouring of fruits and a higher content of nutritional compounds.

In addition to the action of Agritela Lux, Arrigoni also offers an effective defense against hail for the apple trees thanks to Fructus, range of monofilament nets.

Color is a very important parameter when choosing nets. Depending on the variety and the geographical area of cultivation, it is necessary to use the right percentage of shading. In regions where there is not enough sun and for crops that require a high percentage of sun, transparent nets are recommended; on the contrary, in sunny places and on less vigorous orchards, the black net is more suitable, to ensure a better shading factor and reduce the damage caused by burns.

For pomegranate, on the other hand, after a detailed research on nets of different colours and different shading factors in relation to how they modify the environment (humidity, temperature, quality of light), the Arrigoni research department suggests Robuxta LDF Whitethermo-reflective screen: the ideal solution between the shade required and the conditions necessary for colouring and the ripening process.

There are several advantages that this choice can produce: the white color of the screen reflects part of the sun’s rays, responsible for sunburns; the additive in the screen diffuses the light evenly and stimulates the ripening and coloring process; the temperature under the screen is reduced, to the full benefit of the plant.

The Arrigoni Group has been in technical textiles since 1936. It began manufacturing polyethylene net fabrics in 1959. It has more than 50 years’ experience in the protective screen sector. The group’s three production units occupy a total area of 110,000 m2, with buildings of 39,000 m2. Arrigoni has 8 high-tech yarn extrusion lines, 126 textile machines and 25 converting lines. It has a workforce of 160 and production capacity of more than 6000 tons of net fabrics per year, equal to 75 million square meters (7500 hectares) of a medium weight net.

Arrigoni develops, produces, and distributes innovative agrotextiles for more effective climate control and the production of healthier, safer food, and other outdoor textiles for technical and/or environmental uses. Its team of engineers, technicians and agronomists works assiduously for a greener and more sustainable world. It is now European leader in technical textile applications for agriculture.

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