A silage film is a type of tight weave fabric designed to be tied around a wood or metal stem and hung, usually on a baluster (vertical support), to protect the stem from moisture. In southern Australian states like SA, where humidity can reach 80%, this protection is essential against water damage. It is also important in environments with very dry climates like the arid west coast of Australia, which can be subject to a large amount of rainfall. While the design may be similar to other tight weave cloth materials such as sterling, cotton or sheepskin, baling wrap for silage delivers a unique performance.
There are many kinds of baling wraps, but one of the most common is made using a cotton material known as Baling Acrylic. Compared to other materials, Baling Acrylic is not too densely woven to hold water still and help retain the moisture in the soil. It also does not get too hot when a fire is burning in the baling wrap. The material can also be used to produce a tight weave that maintains the shape of the plants in a way that other materials cannot.
As the name indicates, Baling wrap for silage is mostly used to shield plants during a specific season. However, it can be used as a cover all year round if needed. When a silage film is wrapped over the soil during the rainy season, it makes the soil lose its primary function of keeping the plants cool by allowing the air to circulate under the wrapper. However, during the hot summer season, the wrapping can help retain the heat by creating a barrier against the intense heat coming from the sun. It also helps prevent moisture evaporation in the soil, which would otherwise result in water seeping into the lower layers of the soil and killing the plant. Baling wrapping can also protect young seedlings that are being grown in an indoor environment where direct sunlight might damage the plant.
In making the wrapping, the top layer of the Baling weave is rolled and shaped to form a tight cylinder. The bottom of the cylinder is left unfinished. Greenhouses or silage farms use this covering to trap moisture within and help retain the humidity of the soil. As the plants grow, they will absorb the moisture held in the soil, while the greenhouse or silage farmworkers don’t have to water or worry about weeds. It is particularly beneficial to areas where the vegetation is growing quite fast.
Baling wrapping is popular throughout most of South Australia. It is because this is where silage is produced. The majority of the plants grow primarily on the forest floors or the hillsides. When Baling wrap is created, there is a tight weave around the plant to make sure that the plant is properly protected. Greenhouses and silage farms also use it to protect the crops they grow from pests and bad weather conditions. If the climate changes rapidly, this wrapping can help keep the plants from drying out.
In addition to protecting plants, silage film has many other benefits. It protects the floor from damage by runoff from the soil. It helps the floor drain properly. Because it is so tightly woven, when you arrive at the farm to pick your crop, you are sure the silo bags have been well used.