Frequently asked questions about Coveringsystems
How does the system work?
The unique self venting principle of VOEN originally was a combination of an ordinary hail net with plastic flaps stitched to it – in an overlapping order! This lets the wind go through while at the same time it protects your crop from rain and hail. It also keeps the crop from insane heat development and unhealthy conditions.
From what does the VOEN system protect?
Easy and clear: rain, heat, hail, birds, insects, frost and diseases.
What is to be done during the year?
Some might think: too easy to be true! But yes – open and close your cover once a year is all you need to do. Forget about inflexible, complicated, easily damaged systems with a short lifespan. Our goal is to provide you with a system that needs two drives per year.
What happens in heavy winds and rains?
If heavy wind and rain occurs at the same time, VOEN will, as there is a German saying, hit both flies with one swatter, protecting the crop from rain damage and simultaneously reducing the surface for wind to hit the system. This keeps your crop dry and your construction stable.
Which machines do i need?
We provide different solutions for installing your system the first time and to open and close it later on. A lot of our customers also deal with it by themselves – basically you’ll need a tractor and a lifting platform – but we’ll figure it out together with you.
How much time and workload is needed to build a VOEN system?
The average calculation including erecting the full construction and installing the covers says 400-450 working hours per hectare. With ten people that’ll be about four to five days – then it’s ready.
Does VOEN offer 'turn-key-solutions'?
We always try to find the best solution for you, depending on availible experience, man- and womenpower and your location! VOEN has a very clear structure – so the way we normally work is easier and cheaper for you than contracting with a construction company. When you buy your first cover, our technician will support you and your staff in the installation and handling – so later on you’ll be able to do it by yourself.
But don’t get us wrong – if you really want turn-key, we’ll organize it.
How secure is the system when it comes to hail and snow?
Depending on two things: the way and time of year the cover is open and the area you live in -we’ll figure out the best solution together.
Which types of constructions are available?
We’ll love to provide you with our own steel system, but also wooden and concrete constructions are good options. In case you did build the construction already or you know a good construction company at your place overseas, we’ll figure out a way to install the VOEN covers without too many modifications needed - thanks to the flexibility of the VOEN covering system.
Which machines can i work with under VOEN covers?
As we are farmers as well, we know how important it is to be able to adapt the covering system to the growing system – and not the other way around. Together with you, we will figure out the optimal solution, enabling you to drive with your standard machinery under the covers.
I am planning a new orchard – what to keep in mind regarding the covers?
Nothing in particular. But if you already know that you’ll work with us on your future project, give us the details and we’ll have a chat with you about row spaces, lengths, heights and so on. Sometimes it makes it easier for everybody included.
What duration has the cover?
With the correct handling you can expect at least 7 to 8 seasons – but a lot of orchards are covered with the same plastic for a longer period of time.
Is it possible to combine VOEN with every shape of field (terrasses, steepness, etc.)?
We set ourselves a goal: there shall not be many companies out there that are as flexible as we are.
That was twenty years ago – and that‘s what we are still known for. Let’s find a way to cover your field – there are already curvy, folded and very, very steep VOEN orchards out there, so don’t worry.
How long in advance should I order my cover to have it installed in time?
Don’t hesitate to ask that question on the phone directly. We’ll figure out a way to have your crop covered customized before rain hitting it.
Does VOEN have an agent in my country?
Can I still install insect protection after a few seasons?
Yes and no. insect protection around the orchard: yes – insect protection in the joining area of the cover: no. This is because it has to be stitched in there, while the perimeter netting is just clipped to a cable!
Which advantages has the zip compared to clips?
First of all it’s fully closed, second it’s faster to work with, third it’s without a need to preinstall material in the first season, and fourth it gives you the option to quickly react in case of unexpected snow. On the contrary, our clips are safer with hail and slightly cheaper to purchase.
Is my VOEN orchard 100 % insect and bird proof?
With insect net around the orchard and zip in the joining area: hundred percent!
Does VOEN protect my crop from frost damages?
Yes – covering helps against cold air dropping onto buds and blossoms ! But depending on the temperatures, we definitely recommend to have other solutions in place as well – for example our ANTIFROSTVOEN pellet heaters, which are ideal to use under the covers!
How are temperatures under the cover?
Pretty easy to remember – if hot: cooler. And the other way around !
If it’s too hot outside, VOEN is the system that provides air flow, meaning hot air will leave your crop with cooler soft breezes entering the orchard ! Frost – see above!
Can i save pesticides with the VOEN system?
Not only at our home farm we experienced a significant change in the need of using phytosanitary products if your crop is covered ! You’ll save a lot of drives and money ! This was not intended when VOEN covers were intially introduced, but it is a nice side effect !