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Grower Testimonials

GROWER TESTIMONIAL

“…netted acres sustained less than 1% damage”

John Jacobsen, Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake MN

“Hail Storm June 29, 2021 produced quarter sized hail, unnetted acres sustained over 80% damage, netted acres sustained less than 1% damage.  I’m a true believer Drape Net works and works well.”

Videos

Drape Net Overview

Drape Net Vertical Trellis Installation with Net Wizz Applicator

Articles & Studies

ARTICLE

Bug Barrier: Growers Try Single-Row Tree Netting as Pest Control

by Ross Courtney, Good Fruit Grower
September 2023, page 16-17

Single Row netting being studied at Mt Adams Orchard for BMSB exclusion. Chris Adams, an Oregon State University Entomologist suspects the netting will work, and he hung traps under the Mt. Adams nets for population study. “It’s going to be a very boring study” “There is zero chance BMSB are getting into that net”

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ARTICLE

Drape Net Adds Layer of Protection

by Tom Burfield, The Packer
August 7, 2023

Drape Net has been shown to protect fruit from hail, sunburn and bird damage, as well as eliminating codling moth problems for organic growers. With the use of the bullhorns the net can be secured on the center wire in the orchard for the off season, minimizing the labor for removal and reinstallation annually.

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STUDY

Evaluating Integrated Pest Management Tactics for Spotted Lanternfly Management in Vineyards

by Heather Leach, Tom Mariani, Michela Centinari, and Julie Urban
Pest Management Science
May 2, 2023

“Exclusion netting nearly eliminated all SLF from the vines and we found no negative effects of netting on the canopy health or fruit quality…The exclusion netting did not result in higher temperatures or humidity within the canopy and did not increase fungal disease incidence or change fruit quality parameters.”

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ARTICLE

Double Duty Nets Protect Apple Crop

by Leslie Mertz, Good Fruit Grower
March 7, 2023

“Hail netting can protect apples from more than hail. It can also shield trees from pests, according to a recent University of Minnesota study. The two-year study found that standard commercial hail netting essentially eliminated two major pest species — codling moth and apple maggot — from apple trees in a commercial orchard.

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STUDY

Organic Apples Codling Moth Exclusion

Dr. Alan Knight, Entomologist, Instar Biologicals

“For organic growers use of mating disruption, releases of sterile moths, weekly sprays of virus and oil, and four applications of Entrust can’t solve the threat from female moths flying into your orchard. Only netting can guarantee protection for your crop from codling moth.

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STUDY

Counting bad apples: Codling moth in the core of Apple Country

Ben Bentele, Rogers Mesa Organic Agriculture Research Station Colorado State University

“Nets are drastic. But they work. “But what else changes?” you ask me…I hope this bulletin addresses more than just the economics. This is not a sales pitch. I am impartial to the data & keen to tell a story if it’s told to me.”

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