Row covers are a moderately new innovation in vegetable crop production. Their uses vary extensively from protection against wind, frost, insects, fungal diseases, as well as control timing of harvest. Row covers are typically deployed immediately after transplant and then removed at anthesis. Until recently, row covers have been deployed and retrieved manually. Due to the labor-intensive needs of row covers, their use has been limited to small fields on small-scale farms.
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Torres, Zachary; Batzer, Jean C.; and Gleason, Mark L., "Mechanization of Row Cover Application and Removal" (2014). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 2007.