Crop Production Under Plastic - Anon.An Foras Taluntais, 1981, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Wrappers a little faded and soiled otherwise a very well presented copy.
Illustrated by way of: Charts; Tables;
From the cover: “This book, based on the experience of both research and technician staff at Kinsealy Research Centre and of ACOT advisers, has been revised in response to the continuing demand for information on crop production under plastic. The book also summarises information available from experimental horticultural stations in the United Kingdom especially Efford, Luddington, Fairfield, Lee Valley, Rosewarne and Stockbridge House.
Although interest in crop production under plastic started slowly in Ireland, awareness of the possibilities that exist with this method of protected cropping is developing steadily. The increasing demand for fresh vegetables, the earliness and high quality of crops that can be produced and the cheapness and versatility of film compared with glass should result in further expansion of acreage.
Many of the early problems associated with crop production under plastic have now been overcome. Because of Ireland’s geographical situation gale force winds caused severe damage to some plastic houses in the past. Better designed structures and greater knowledge of suitable methods of cladding have now reduced the risk of severe crop loss to a very low level. There is also a greater awareness of the different growing conditions that exist under plastic compared with glass, — due largely to the air tightness of plastic. The different approach now being adopted to the production of many crops and to methods of pest and disease control is enabling growers to increase yields. At the present time, when it is difficult for young potential growers with skills but with limited capital or land to take up crop production, the use of plastic structures can provide a useful means of entry into commercial horticulture.
As in other sectors of horticulture methods of crop production are far from static. Research both here and abroad on structures and films with improved properties, on better methods of heating and ventilation and on more effective production techniques suggest that continuing progress is likely. In the meantime this publication provides growers and students with up-to-date information on techniques relating to crop production under plastic, the range of structures available, sources of supply and methods of erection.”