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The Benefits of the Silage Wrap SA

The silage industry in South Africa is one of the fastest-growing industries, with new opportunities arising every week. It is predominantly a tobacco-based industry but has also had significant inputs from other sources, such as palm wine and pig farms (although production from these has declined in recent years due to increasing land grabbing). In rural areas, most silage is used for composting (rather than cooking), although more demand is now placed on its ability to act as a soil enhancer, improving both the quality and quantity of soil. This article will focus on the advantages of the silage wrap SA climate zone. The soil particles of this climate zone are generally quite high in bulk and dry in texture, although they can be washed away fairly quickly when mixed with water. However, the soil here will benefit most from the silage wrapping process, as it will increase the volume of soil particles from approximately two tons to approximately eight tons. By replacing these soils with compost, plant life will benefit from improved nutrition, increased moisture retention and root access.   By creating a suitable medium through which the plants can feed, you will create a much better environment and a better location for them to reproduce. The temperature, humidity, drainage, and amount of light is optimal for the plants to grow, thrive and die in. The soil can even retain enough moisture to help protect the crop from early blight, a disease that attacks late-season crops. As well as benefiting the plant directly by protecting the crop against blight, this process can also help protect the soil from the harsh effects of summer heat and the heavy rainfall experienced in some parts of the nation during the warmer periods of the year.   By positioning the silage wrap SA across the top of the soil, the direct heat from the sun is absorbed by the soil particles, rather than being absorbed and reflected away as it would be if the soil were simply left in its natural state. In hot conditions such as those experienced at the end of a long day in the mid-afternoon, when temperatures reach boiling point, the heat does not find its way to the soil particles in the best of times. This lack of moisture is wasted energy. However, when the soil temperature stabilises at about 50 degrees Celsius, this same heat is absorbed, allowing for the benefit of increased moisture retention throughout the growing period of the crop.   By leaving the plant stems completely covered, you are also protecting the root system of the plant. During the dry summer months, when most of the rainfall occurs, the roots are often unable to access the sub-soil. When the covering of the hay is present, the roots can receive vital water and nutrients needed for their successful establishment. In turn, the silage wrap SA protects the seed pod, further protecting it from harsh weather conditions. In the end, the silage wrap makes the plant more adaptable and increases the chances of a successful harvest.