Putting crops under cover

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Posted: April 19, 2013

The Winchester Star

Purcellville fruit grower Sam Brown walks Thursday under a whole-orchard covering system installed over about one-half acre of cherry trees at the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Frederick County. The German-made covering system can be used for high-value crops such as sweet cherries. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Protective netting that provides a barrier to birds and insects has been rolled up to allow bumblebees to pollinate the nearly half acre of cherry trees under the whole-orchard covering system at the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Frederick County. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — From afar it looks like a wedding tent, but instead of marital bliss growing underneath there are rows and rows of sweet cherry trees.

This is what more than 20 area farmers, fruit...



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