Rain on cherries at picking times has been a constant problem for growers.
Effective rain control system
There has been many attempts to install rain covers over cherries in the past, but none have proved successful.
Environet Canopies in association with OakSun Consulting have introduced an effective rain control system for many horticultural crops.
Voen covers are the latest rain control system on the market today. It has been trialled and used in many European countries with outstanding results. About 1000 ha have been erected worldwide.
Trials on cherries and berries in the Yarra Valley have proven very successful with Voen covers, with greater yields and a high quality cherry.
Using a P.E. reinforced sheet with vented openings to control heat from under the canopy, and dispersing water away and dropping it onto the ground, keeps the cherries dry when needed.
Even pickers stay dry when picking cherries.
These covers can be folded onto the structure when not required.
Covers can be used on cherries, berries and stone-fruit that are affected by rain.
Kits are available for self-installation or installation can be arranged.
This is truly a unique and proven rain cover system and growers can make enquiries to:
Mark Runge, Environet Canopies phone 04 0107 7221
Franklin Trouw, OakSun Consulting
phone 04 1955 2720
See this article in Tree Fruit May-June 2012