Eclipse LD is a standard liquid screening solution for many crops. It blocks all wavelengths to an equal degree and protects crops throughout the whole season against excessive light and heat. The improved formulation, available since this season, is more wear resistant in thinner layers than alternative products on the market. This is particularly beneficial for light sensitive crops that in the early spring need just a small amount of protection.
Eclipse LD is a commonly used product for horticultural crops around the world. Trials in the Sudlac laboratory in Echirolles, France, have shown that the improved formulation, particularly when applied in thinner layers has better resistance to wear and tear. The well-known product characteristics remain unchanged. The coating blocks all wavelengths – UV, PAR light and infrared radiation (IR) – to the same degree. The required number of buckets of Eclipse LD are diluted with water. After the season, the coating is easy to remove with the cleaning substance Topclear.
The amount of reflection depends on the thickness of the layer applied. The minimum thickness of a layer is achieved with 10 buckets Eclipse LD per ha. This thickness is often used in moderate climates for heat and light sensitive crops such as cut flowers and for the propagation of plant material. The improved Eclipse LD is, particularly at these higher dilutions, more wear resistant than before.
The maximum number of buckets that can be sprayed on 1 hectare is 30. Anything higher than this would result in the spray solution usually being too thick to spray properly so it is recommended to spray on a second layer to achieve the desired level of protection. Thicker layers are often used in moderate climates for shade-loving crops such as potted plants.
The thickness of the layer, and therefore the number of buckets to use, depends on the climate, the crop that needs to be protected, and the moment of application. The latter is also dependent on the desired actual period of shading. The thicker the layer the longer it remains. Users can find more information about the number of buckets to use from our product advice tool.
Eclipse LD is very suitable for spraying using your own equipment. It is important to apply Eclipse LD as uniformly as possible to the surface. Excess run-off should be avoided as the product that ends up in the gutter will not be on the roof and therefore reduce the level of shading.