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NetWrap Silage Film – Agricultural Film and Other Uses

NetWrap silage film is a tough, durable, and environmentally friendly way to protect plants, trees, and livestock. Silage is also used to make synthetic mulch, and many people use it to protect their concrete driveway or patio floor. Here are some of the basics about this fascinating type of media.   The three basic kinds of media used in making NetWrap silage films are polyethylene, polypropylene, and polysulfone. All three perform the same job - they insulate and protect the media from moisture, light and gas. Silage films generally contain a very high percentage of recycled materials. They're typically made with a 3 to 7-layer blown film extrusion, but some even more advanced films are made on a 7-layer extrusion.   Silage film isn't used as a sole source of protection. It's most often applied to improve the quality of the forage itself (producing a smoother surface and therefore increasing the nutritional value). Forages that aren't planted in fields containing trees will be exposed to a greater amount of varying temperatures and conditions than those produced traditionally, so they'll need protection as well. Plants within the field can also benefit from having a barrier between them and the elements, although that impact is usually restricted to a small degree. Regardless of how plants benefit from silage film, it remains one of the most important elements of its production.   The nutritional value of the silage film is often lost in the chemical processes used to manufacture it. However, it still has some benefits that make it useful in other fields as well. Forage that's been processed using heat will benefit from having a thicker coating. This can help stop fungal or bacterial growth common in moist forages (especially if it's coming from a field that's recently been flooded). It may also prevent the growth of mould or other fungi that can make crops susceptible to disease.   A particular benefit that the NetWrap silage film brings to the table is its ability to provide robust and durable protection against a variety of different pests. Moles, for example, can easily penetrate some types of paint or paper (even those that aren't coated), so they'll often seek out areas of weakness in plants to invade. Plants themselves are perfect for this, as they have plenty of tiny holes that are great places for a mole or other insects to enter (as their name suggests, insects are known to prefer meat to plants, hence their frequent invasion of your garden). The same is true for aphids, which will often infest plants by feeding on their leaves. If you've applied an oxygen barrier to the plant's surface, then this will be doubly effective at containing aphid infestations.   The silage film can even be used in more 'traditional' ways, though. If you're interested in preserving food that's been exposed to high temperatures (or to direct sunlight, for that matter), then you might want to consider making some forage with the film. Many of the products that are made from it are highly reflective and heat resistant. This means that they can keep foods hot or cold for long periods without becoming damaged by overcooking.