Row covers have traditionally been used to increase crop earliness, leading to earlier harvest dates and higher market prices. However, row covers can also provide added benefits in protecting against damage by certain insects. Cucurbit crops, especially muskmelon and cucumber, attract cucumber beetles, which vector bacterial wilt, causing significant crop losses.
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Owens, Alicia; Jesse, Laura C.H.; Gleason, Mark L.; and Batzer, Jean C., "Effect of Extended-Duration Row Covers on Muskmelons" (2008). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 681.