Dupont AG-06 UV Pointbonded Polyester is a general use, lightweight floating row cover. It is made of white, ultraviolet (UV) resistant spun-bonded polyester that transmits approximately 70% light, which is adequate for crop growth. Because it is very lightweight (0.6 oz/ sq. yd. or 20 g/sq. m), it is most often used as a floating row cover - that is, it gently floats on top of the crops as they emerge and grow.
Soft and non-abrasive, it will not damage crops. Supporting hoops are generally not needed. Although Dupont AG-06 is light in weight, it is durable enough for multiple uses in one season or for several years when handled with care.
Crops Suited to AG-06
All direct seeded crops and transplanted vine crops. Do not cover transplanted pepper and tomatoes unless hoops are used to prevent damage during windy conditions.
Cover strawberries in late Fall or early Spring
Hoops might be required where wind is a problem
There are many features of AG-06 that contribute to improved crop production:
Season extension in Spring and Fall.
Increased air temperature of 3 to 4° Fahrenheit at night. The daytime increase depends on light and ambient temperature, but at least an increase in 10F may be expected. Although there is some frost protection, the primary benefit is a temperature increase over a period of 3 to 4 weeks when the crop is covered.
Water from rain readily passes through the cover.
The cover protects crops from the entrance of airborne insects when the edges of the cover are buried.
Hoops are needed only for a few crops, such as summer squash and pepper, and tomatoes. (Under extremely windy conditions, hoops are needed to prevent damage to young plants of all crops.)
Minimum labor required for installation and removal.
Only the edge of the material has to be secured; therefore, the larger sizes are more economical to install.
Installation Tips for AG-06
Apply when there is minimum wind.
Use wider covers for greater application efficiency.
Do not try to stretch the cover. Allow it to drape over the crop.
Secure the edges with soil, stones, sandbags, et cetera. To keep out insects, cover the edges with a continuous furrow of soil.
Handle with care to prevent tearing.
Timing of planting, covering, and cover removal:
Generally, crops may be planted about 10 days earlier than normal when covers are applied at planting.
The covers will remain on warm-season crops for about 3 weeks until pollination is needed or until the crop out-grows the space under the cover.
For many direct-seeded crops, leave the cover on until harvest.