Anyone who makes a living in the agriculture industry, especially farmers, understand just how how involved and sometimes difficult it can be. It is a year-round job that operates on very strict timelines, and there are so many unpredictable factors that one must take into account, including the weather, general seed and crop quality, and insects just to name a few. This is why farmers and others who work alongside them try to control as many as factors through a variety of means, one of which is the fencing you use throughout your property.
The Overall Impact of Agriculture Fencing
For anyone who’s not familiar with what’s involved with the vast majority of farming, fencing might not seem like something you need to worry about beyond putting up property barriers. However, this is only one component of the entire fencing infrastructure that someone who owns farming property should be utilizing.
How Else Is Fencing Utilized?
There are actually a few different types of fencing that can be used throughout any property. Firstly, as mentioned, there’s usually going to be some sort of barrier set up along the borders of your property. This could be as simple as a barbed wired fence, or even a series of wooden posts, to a more elaborate fence rail system. Given that some of these properties can be massive, and the overall size might change if they acquire or sell sections of the land, it might not be the best idea to invest heavily in such a fluid aspect of the property. Where many farmers use more intricate fencing is going to be along the crops themselves. Wooden posts can be used to help not only separate different sections of the property, but also help keep crops aligned during growing season. This is why the quality (and material) of those posts is so important.
How Does Wooden or Plastic Fencing Hold Up?
Two of the most common types of fencing that you’ll see farmers utilize is plastic fencing and wood fencing. Unfortunately, there are going to be big downsides to both these materials, especially when it comes to how they help your crops. Wood fencing, while easily the most accessible and easy to manipulate in terms of sizing and versatility, is extremely susceptible to the elements. Water will begin to warp and weaken wood overtime and this can actually compromise the integrity of an entire section of fencing. Termites can also have an adverse impact on the wood, leading to jus as undesirable results. PVC and plastic fencing aren’t much better, given the material they’re made out of. In extreme heat or cold, the fencing can break, again impacting the overall quality of any attached fencing.
What Is The Best Available Agriculture Fencing Material?
At Woodguard, we recognized that more traditional fencing materials didn’t deliver what farmers needed mitigate as many damaging factors as possible on their property. We take a unique treated lumber, which is then coated with a polymer mix. This provides not only strength and stability or lumber, but the versatility and longevity of plastic. When combined, you have an excellent combination that will last you and your farm, and help you maximize your profits by avoiding unnecessary maintenance costs.