The benefits of silage wrap are many, but first, let’s talk about why you would ever use it. People buy silage wrap because they want to create natural-looking soil that doesn’t hold water. They find that this type of soil can hold moisture for long periods without even rotting. This means that you can have long periods of high humidity and no humidity, which means you can go months or years with no moisture in your garden. Many growers who practice soil building techniques like to use this type of silage wrap when their soil does not hold as much water.
Another big reason for using polyethylene and other synthetic materials is that it is fast to make. When the soil is ready to be sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, it goes into a roll form that can easily be shaped into a rectangle, square, or circle. The farmers spray the polyethylene with the herbicide or pesticide and push the plastic onto the soil. A spray gun spreads it out evenly for the best coverage with no extra work from the gardener.
Farmers who grow alfalfa, lettuce, broccoli, clover, radish, spinach, and alfalfa also use silage wrap to protect their forage. For example, lettuce needs very little water to grow, which means that it can be sprayed with herbicides right before laying eggs. There isn’t any need for the farmer to do anything with the extra wet forage since it is completely enclosed in a plastic covering. This makes it easy for the gardener to dig the holes and push the wrap around the grass fields as needed. The farmers can then get on with other things.
With soybeans, farmers don’t have to wait until the beans are entirely ripe before using them to cover forage fields. Since the silage wrap is so watertight, it prevents moisture from evaporating out of the beans before harvesting. The soybean harvest is much larger than that of other types of food because of this benefit. The Solway recycling industry has boomed because of the demand for silage wrap. Farmers can use the extra to help offset the soybean forage cost when they are being purchased.
Many silage processors also provide bales silage after processing the raw materials. The bales are often sold to companies that manufacture plastics to be used for another type of purpose, such as building facades. The sheeting can be reused again for this purpose, and the farmer gets the benefits of protecting his forage while at the same time making a little money on the side. The bales are reusable and so effective that many farmers who make their silage also sell the extra bales to these companies, who reuse the plastic. This process allows both farmers and companies to take advantage of the benefits of the silage wrapping process without worrying about draining resources when it comes to producing more silage.
Because of how effective the hay is for covering crops and keeping the soil moist, it is pretty common to find areas in fields that have been stripped of most of their produce by disease or pests. These bare areas may need to be covered with a layer of recycled material to ward off such problems. Instead of having to drain or even plough a field clean of such unwanted vegetation, farmers can put together a roll of seamless watertight bales and use them as a more effective covering under the crop of soybeans to be harvested next spring.