USE AND LIFESPAN

USE AND LIFESPAN OF NON-COMPOSTABLE FILMS:


The film integrity depends on the interaction of a range of physical and environmental factors present in the field.  This includes, but is not limited to, installation quality, surrounding acidic and alkaline materials, film thickness, soil moisture, heat, light and agrochemicals use.

 

Experience shows that non-compostable film keeps its integrity for the length of one growing cycle of the crop to be transplanted, in general from 4 up to 9 months under regular conditions and gauges. Film thickness needs to be selected accordingly with the length of the growing cycle of the crop to be transplanted.

 

Crops grown on film can be treated with approved pest control, soil fumigants and nutritional products when used in accordance with those products’ labels; however, the type and quantity of those agrochemicals used can negatively affect performance and lifespan of the film.

  

USE AND LIFESPAN OF COMPOSTABLE FILMS:

 

The film integrity depends on the interaction of a range of physical and environmental factors present in the field.  This includes, but is not limited to, installation quality, surrounding acidic and alkaline materials, film thickness, soil moisture, heat, light, agrochemical use and microbial activity.

 

Composting commences when the film is laid, and degradation will become first visible at the interface with the soil at the edges, or around planting holes. Experience shows that film keeps its integrity on soil for a period ranging of 1 to 2 months at 0.5 mil, 2 to 4 months at 0.6 mil and 4 to 6 months at 0.8 mil thickness. Film thickness needs to be selected accordingly with the length of the growing cycle of the crop to be transplanted.

 

Crops grown on film can be treated with approved pest control, soil fumigants and nutritional products when used in accordance with those products’ labels; however, the type and quantity of supplemental products used can negatively affect performance and lifespan of the film.

 

Note:  Strongly acid or alkaline pesticide formulations or adjuvants used in addition to film as well as certain heavy metals containing micronutrient fertilizers can damage non-compostable and compostable films and will reduce their lifespan. Select formulations that can be applied at a pH between 6.5 and 7.5.

 

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