Melons and other cucurbits are susceptible to heat and moisture stress at several times in the production cycle. Critical times include:
- Fruit expansion
- Sugar accumulation
SUNBURN ESPECIALLY IS A MAJOR PROBLEM
after canopy collapse and when fruit are standing in the field at harvest
With its superior film, Screen™ Duo can provide:
- Better sunburn reduction than traditional materials
(such as diamateceous earth)
- Higher yields
- Larger melons
- Increased Brix
- More uniform harvest maturity
SCREEN DUO CAN BE TANK-MIXED
with most insecticides and fungicides to eliminate excess trips over the field.
Sunburn control: Apply Screen Duo at 50 kg/ha to melons in sufficient water to provide complete coverage of fruit. Make a second application of 50 kg/ha 7– 10 days. Be sure to make first application prior to canopy collapse. Make additional applications just prior to harvest if picked fruit will stand in the field prior to collection.
Season-long: Apply Screen Duo at 10 kg/ha following crop transplant. Continue to apply at 5 kg/ha at weekly intervals to cover new growth. Continue applications to just prior to harvest. Screen™ Duo can be tank-mixed with other crop protection products.
Screen™ Duo may be applied as a band over the row. Rates should be adjusted to the amount needed to provide adequate coverage in the band.