Agriculture

Mulch film

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The use of mulch film is increasing throughout the world due to its cost-effective performance and ease of installation. Mulches can be used to advance or delay the growing season, improve yields, decrease water and fumigant consumption, and in orchards they can help trees mature faster to give earlier fruit.

At Tosaf, we have developed a range of products that address the key requirements of mulch film-specific optical properties and high UV stability with good chemical resistance. The team of R&D specialists at our state-of-the-art production facility will recommend the most suitable combination of color and UV for your specific needs.

HIGHLIGHTS

High chemical resistance UV

Silver mulch film and mulch film for fumigation are vulnerable to UV radiation, adverse reaction with fumigants and accelerated degradation caused by the use of aluminum paste in the silver color itself. We have developed a unique UV MB that does not react with fumigants, and has the ability to neutralize the negative effect that silver MB can have on the polymer reducing its service life.

Barrier MB

Standard polymers are permeable to fumigants. An issue that is increasingly being addressed by regulations is the health risk to farmers when they apply these fumigants to the soil. Barrier films are one of the best tools to deal with such risks. Our barrier MB is compatible with PE, and can be produced in a 3-layer extruder. As such, no tie layer is required as would be when using a barrier MB with an EVOH or PA layer that is produced on a 5-layer extruder.

Color MB

The color of the mulch film determines its optical properties. We have developed a wide product range, covering colors to suit any need.

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COLOR MASTERBATCHES

UV

Choosing the right UV package is the most important parameter determining the film’s service life. We will recommend the most cost-effective solution from our extensive range of UV MB for each climate zone, color, life expectancy and growing method.

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BROWN

Brown is a photo-selective color that blocks the light in the PAR to eliminate weeds, while transferring the light in the NIR to heat the soil. Our brown color has unique optical characteristics designed especially for the mulch application.

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Green

Green is a photo-selective color that blocks the light in the PAR to eliminate weeds, while transferring the light in the NIR to heat the soil. Our green color has very unique optical characteristics designed especially for the mulch application.

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Yellow

The color yellow is known to attract insects. By attracting insects to the mulch film rather than to the plant, yellow mulch can protect crops from virus-carrying insects, in particular in open field crop production.

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Silver

Silver mulch increases photosynthesis in the lower leaves of the crop, which are usually shadowed by upper leaves, by reflecting sunlight towards them. Reflecting more UV light than visible light, our silver color is used for crops that need UV light for color formation and to repel insects that use the UV light to navigate.

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White

White mulch increases photosynthesis in the lower leaves of the crop, which are usually shadowed by upper leaves, by reflecting sunlight towards them. Our white color reflects more visible light than UV light, making it suitable for use with orchards and leafy crops, or when soil temperatures needs to be cooled down.

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Black

Black is the most common color for mulch film. It absorbs the entire light spectrum: PAR to eliminate weeds, and NIR to cool the soil. We use the highest quality carbon black, which also increases the light stability of the film.

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