[Market-farming] Old drip tape--why does some last longer?

Todd Lister toddlister1 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 5 22:21:42 EDT 2011


Good thread. Care in gently moving is a big part. I am in my fourth year
with mid and have had to replace maybe 5%. Most breaches in my case are my
fault.
Todd Lister
On Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 7:48 PM, Road's End Farm
<organic87 at frontiernet.net>wrote:

>
> On Jun 5, 2011, at 7:34 PM, Richard Moyer wrote:
>
> > --Why is my drip tape lasting so long?  We leave it out in the field
> > for years at a time, not even bothering to bring it in.  For those of
> > you where it only lasts one year, are you using the thinnest weight
> > possible?
>
> I am using 10 mil for most purposes; 15 mil if I expect to leave it in
> place for several years. I gave up on 8 mil, which often doesn't stay
> usable for one season.
>
> I have rocks; there are assorted critters; and we do a lot of
> handweeding. All of these things can nick the tape. Cultivating
> equipment can really do a job on it -- or occasionally, like the
> handweeding, just barely nick it, so the damage isn't obvious till the
> water's turned on. Even pulling it out of the field and re-laying it
> can do damage, if it gets stuck on a sharp piece of shale.
>
> Again, I do often get a couple of years from it; but not always. If
> you routinely get four, I think you're doing very well.
>
> If you leave it in the field, how do you work the fields up with it in
> there? Are you using a no-till system, and relying on herbicides?
>
>
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
>
>
>
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