NETTING THAT EFFECTIVELY PROTECTS
 CROPS FROM INSECTS

Who we are: 

Berry Protection Solutions is an offshoot of The Berry Patch in Stephentown New York.  We formed this business to help other growers gain the benefits of using exclusion netting to combat Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) and other insect pests.  We are the first growers in the country to use this netting on a commercial planting and we have been able to grow pesticide free blueberries because of this netting. 

 
 

What we supply:

We supply 80 gram Exclusion netting manufactured by Tek-Knit Industries in Montreal Quebec.  It is manufactured from polyethylene yarn that is made in the USA.  We can also supply 60 gram Exclusion netting (not suitable for SWD but it is suitable for slightly larger insects) and many other agricultural fabrics including vineyard sidewall netting and bird netting. 

What we have done:

Over the course of three years of research, which was done in collaboration with Cornell University, (initially funded by the Northeast SARE Farmer grant program and the NYS legislature) we have proven that exclusion netting effectively prevents infestation of berries by SWD.  SWD is an invasive pest, native to Southeast Asia, that hit the berry industry throughout the US very hard.  Many growers pulled out plantings because of the inability to control this pest without multiple pesticide applications per season.

Why should you buy netting? 

You should buy netting because when you take care to properly cover your planting, it works to exclude SWD and other insect pests.  In 2014, we achieved 0.67% infestation over a ten-week harvest period.  In 2015, we achieved 0.37% infestation over six weeks, and in 2016 we achieved 0.00% infestation over an eight-week harvest period.  Growers who make the proper investment in netting and take the time to properly construct a support structure can be rewarded with pesticide free berries.

We are growers ourselves and we know how important it is to save money and make wise investments.  Because this is not our primary business, and because we are not selling other agricultural supplies, we do not have the overhead costs of warehouses, employees, or delivery trucks that your netting has to help pay for.  We also encourage group orders to save money for customers.  The netting is priced in pricing tiers – the more you buy, the cheaper it is per roll.  Since we are growers ourselves, that’s why we are offering the ability for growers to work together to put in a group order that will be delivered to one location.

 

 

NETTING

The Berry Protection Solutions ExcludeNet netting  has great potential for berry growers of all sizes and berry crops.  It can also be used by vegetables growers that are attempting to grow insecticide-free crops.

AWARDS

Berry Protection Solutions awarded "Farm Credit 100/ Top 100 Honorees" and "Excellence in IPM Award" from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University.

 

 
The system worked extremely well. In 2014, with the 80 gram netting, at most, only 0.53 percent infestation occurred in a 10 week harvest season. Unsprayed berries without exclusion netting had as high as a 60% infestation level in one sampling period alone. In 2015, using the 80 gram netting, at most, a 0.37% infestation was found over a 5 week harvest season. Sprayed berries without exclusion netting had as high as a 20% infestation level in an individual sampling period...

This system has great potential for small scale, organic, and no-spray blueberry growers and I believe the system can be used by raspberry growers as well.
— Dale-Ila Riggs