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Rafael Alanis joins MagGrow’s Industrial Research and Engineering Support Centre

MagGrow are pleased to announce and welcome Rafael Alanis to MagGrow’s Industrial Research and Engineering Support Centre team based in the Agri-EPI Centre (Edgmond, Newport, UK), in collaboration with Harper Adams University, Engineering Department.

 Rafael joins us as a research support scientist and will be working on magnetic-assist and other research initiatives. He will also be assisting in the development of the Centre and it’s support activities.

 With a first degree in Agricultural engineering and Masters ‘degree in occupational hazard/risk prevention, coupled with several years ‘experience as a research scientist working on spray applications and testing, including earlier experience in Spain in operational posts involving project management, economic and technical supervision, agricultural statistics and design, budgeting and implementation of sprinkler and drip irrigation systems. On entering the UK in 2013, Rafael has gained experience as an Assistant Research Scientist with NIAB UK and more recently as a Research Scientist with the Silsoe Spray Applications Unit. Given this experience, gained in prestigious organizations, we feel confident that Rafael will be a valuable addition to both the company and the newly established Centre for Industrial Research and Engineering Support.

 

MagGrow out to win the war on waste one spray at a time

MagGrow is a young company with big ambitions. Their goal is to help feed the world.

What is perhaps surprising, therefore, is that MagGrow doesn’t actually grow anything. “We’re a technology company – science and technology,” says MagGrow CEO, Gary Wickham.

Six years ago, Gary and his co-founder David Moore set up MagGrow in NovaUCD, the Irish incubation centre in University College Dublin, to solve the problem that more than 70% of pesticide spray sprayed around the world doesn’t reach its target.

Gary explains: “Conventional spray technology uses large nozzles and water in the spray solution to try and control the droplets by making them larger. The result is that they’re like raindrops – they run off, splatter and bounce off the crops, so they actually make the problem worse because then you have this huge run-off problem.

“That spray – be it fungicide, herbicide or insecticide – which is missing the target, ends up in neighbouring crops, neighbouring fields and rivers and streams, contaminating the environment with unnecessary waste.”

The MagGrow system is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior spray drift-reduction and spray coverage performance.

“This allows growers to use smaller nozzles without the associated drift problems and gives you that better efficacy in coverage and disease control,” Gary says. “Basically, farmers are able to use 50% less chemical and water to do the same job. We’re reducing the 70% waste to 20%, and in some cases less than 10%.

“Additional benefits include that farmers can use our system in higher wind speeds, it has no moving parts with little or no maintenance and can be retrofitted to tractor booms – you don’t need a new kit.”

MagGrow’s markets include North America, Europe and South Africa, and will soon include South America and Asia as a result of the Trimble Partnership. The company works with growers including Driscoll’s farms and Reiter Berries, as well as research centres such as Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Pacific Ag research in California to develop and test their technology. Three years and €10 million in R&D later, MagGrow now has products for both indoor and outdoor growing.

How MagGrow stays at the forefront of agritech innovation

The boom kit is the core product for retrofitting to existing boom sprayers, and MagGrow has retrofitted every major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) machine type. The boom kit can also be installed on new sprayers. A backpack product is available for horticultural greenhouse applications, which saves 50% of chemical and water for growers, and just like the boom kit product, has a typical return on investment of less than one year.

The cost of a MagGrow system varies according the size of boom but for a typical 32-metre system, it is in the region of €35,000.

MagGrow has opened facilities in three leading research institutions to ensure it remains at the forefront of agritech research and development in order to develop new Intellectual Property (IP) and products, and also to support customers.

Gary comments: “In Harper Adams University in the UK, we have opened a facility around Industrial Engineering and Applied Research. We also established a Crop Science Centre At Farm491 in the Royal Agricultural University, where we do field and semi-field (indoor) testing; and we’re also working with Trinity College Dublin on pure research projects as part of a co-funded Science Foundation Ireland AMBER (Advanced Materials Bioengineering Research) project.”

MagGrow has been supported by Enterprise Ireland under its High Potential Start-Upsprogramme, and it was through connections made by the Irish trade and innovation agency that the company was introduced to Trimble – a $3 billion revenue company with several divisions including agriculture. Solutions from its agriculture division, Trimble Agriculture, allow farmers to operate more efficiently and productively, saving on input costs, and helping them to apply those inputs in a safe, responsible way.

Gary says: “It’s an ideal partnership, as both companies are brand agnostic, focus on precision agriculture, and want to help farmers grow sustainabily by using less inputs to grow more and, in the process, meet their environmental targets.

“We signed a worldwide agreement with them in January to distribute our product globally under what’s called a Trimble Select Program. This gives us access to Trimble’s fantastic worldwide network, as well as being associated with a fantastic brand.

“We have sold over 100 units to date. This year, we forecast to sell about four times that – and possibly higher. We mainly sell through dealer distribution channels but also sell direct to certain large growers as well.”

The Trimble deal is the culmination of six years of hard work, which has seen the company grow from two to 30 employees, including recently being awarded ISO 9001:2015 registration from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).

For MagGrow, however, this is just the beginning. Gary says: “Over the next 40 to 50 years, the world needs to grow the same amount of food as in the previous 10,000 years combined, in order to feed a global population forecast to hit more than 10 billion people.

“We have a huge food and water challenge globally. Already in places like California, Asia and Africa we’re using more than 80% of all water for agriculture alone, so we really do need to grow more but also grow sustainably. Critically, MagGrow allows farmers to do both.”

Gary ultimately wants to see MagGrow as a standard piece of kit in new or retrofitted sprayers, helping growers improve their profitability and feed the world in a sustainable way, as well as meeting their environmental targets.

MagGrow expands its Crop Science Team

MagGrow is pleased to announce another addition to our Crop Science operations based at Farm491 in Cirencester, U.K.

 

Farm 491 is a space for agritech innovators and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. It was founded at and funded by the Royal Agricultural University in 2015 at Cirencester. The MagGrow facility at Farm 491, opened in 2018, provides us with an ideal location from which to conduct our field and semi-field trial programme, with the University farm offering an excellent selection of suitable trial sites.

 

As part of this growth we are delighted to welcome James Dolman, who has joined MagGrow as a Crop Science Specialist and will be a key part of our ongoing trials activities. James joins us from one of the top Food and Drink research organisations in Europe and is a trained agronomist with several years crop management experience with growers in South West UK.

 

The MagGrow Crop Science team led by Nick Jessop work closely with regulatory authorities and leading industry and academic experts to ensure that customers are able to utilise the full benefits of improved coverage and reduced drift from this innovative technology.

 

MagGrow recognises that growers will have different sets of challenges relating to the crops that they grow and the regions in which they grow them. As such, we conduct extensive semi-field and field trials, to ensure we are offering suitable solutions, supported by strong empirical evidence, rather than just a product.

 

 

MAGGROW RECEIVES ISO 9001:2015 REGISTRATION FROM THE NATIONAL STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF IRELAND (NSAI)

Dublin, Ireland, March 26th, 2019 – Today MagGrow has received ISO 9001:2015 registration from the National Standards Authority of Ireland,(NSAI). NSAI has issued an IQNet recognized certificate that MagGrow has implemented and maintains a Quality Management System for the following scope: Design, Development, Management, Delivery and Installation of Spraying Technologies which fulfils the requirements of the following standard: I.S. EN ISO 9001:2015.

 

 

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) is internationally recognised as the world’s leading quality management standard and has been implemented by over one million organisations in over 170 countries globally. ISO 9001 implemented, to its full potential, becomes an invaluable asset to your organisation. The purpose of the standard is to assist companies in meeting statutory and regulatory requirements relating to their product while achieving excellence in their customer service and delivery. The standard can be used throughout an organisation to improve the performance or within a particular site, plant or department.

 

 

Brian Duffy, Quality Specialist of MagGrow, said: ‘For MagGrow to have achieved this certification so early in the companies history really underlines the teams dedication to continual improvement and the “right first time” ethos. We always strive to provide the best products and services to our Customers, and being awarded this standard really showcases our commitment to doing just that.’’

 

 

About MagGrow

 

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.  

 

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

 

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer.

 

There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system.  MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including UC Davis in California, Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.

 

For more information visit: www.maggrow.com

 

 

About NSAI

 

As a Leading Notified Body & Registrar, The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) offers a full range of 3rd party approvals relating to Management Systems Registration & Certification Services. NSAI specializes in the Medical Device, Quality, Environmental, Telecommunications, Information Security and Aerospace industries and is known for offering the Medical Device industry’s only true "time-tomarket" program for Medical Device Manufactures in support of the CE Mark approval process.

 

For more information visit www.NSAIinc.com

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Brian.duffy@maggrow.com

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MagGrow Chosen as a Trimble Select Partner for Agriculture

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MagGrow Chosen as a Trimble Select Partner for Agriculture

Innovative Spraying Technology Available through Trimble’s Agriculture Distribution Network

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TULARE, Calif., Feb. 13, 2019—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that MagGrow has been chosen as a Trimble Select Partner for agriculture. As a Trimble Select Partner, MagGrow’s innovative spraying technology will be available through the Trimble Dealer and Vantage™ distribution networks.

The announcement was made at the National Farm Machinery and World Ag Expo.

MagGrow focuses on sustainable food production and helps farmers grow more by using less. The MagGrow system is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior spray drift-reduction and spray coverage performance. MagGrow technology is currently offered as a retrofit kit for self-propelled and pull behind spraying booms of any size, is brand agnostic and has very low maintenance. The system has no moving parts and is easy to install. Using the MagGrow system as compared to traditional spraying systems, growers can reduce spraying drift by up to 70 percent and improve coverage by up to 40 percent.

Trimble’s Select Partner Program for Agriculture

Trimble Select is a new initiative that enables approved third-party original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to offer their products and services through Trimble’s agriculture distribution channels. Using the program, Trimble dealers can leverage a portfolio of technologies, which are complementary to Trimble, that allow them to offer an even broader range of precision agriculture solutions to their customers. Trimble chooses partners based on criteria such as fieldproven technology, innovation, compatibility with a broad range of manufacturers’ brands, customer support excellence and global capabilities.

“We are truly excited to be chosen as a Trimble Select Partner and associated with a strong recognized brand,” said Gary Wickham, CEO of MagGrow. “Our team realized that in order to scale our business in a timely manner, we needed to find an established partner with a comprehensive worldwide distribution channel—and Trimble’s Select Partner program is ideal.”

“MagGrow’s state-of-the-art products align with Trimble's mission of providing growers with precision agriculture technology that helps reduce cost, improve yield and protect the environment. Our Trimble Dealer and Vantage distribution networks represent some of the world’s leading precision technology experts and will provide a great avenue to get MagGrow's products into the hands of growers worldwide," said Kevin Barkow, manager of Strategic Projects, Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “We are excited to have MagGrow join our growing network of Trimble Select Partners.”

About MagGrow

Founded in 2013, MagGrow is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and employs over 25 people. The company currently operates in the U.S., Canada and Europe. With a focus of supporting sustainable food production, MagGrow has developed a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction over traditional spraying systems. With a strong history of research and development, MagGrow is working with academic institutions to advance its product portfolio, enabling farmers to pursue a more sustainable approach to food production. The company is currently working with UC Davis California in the U.S., Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Harper Adams University in England, and Trinity College in Dublin. It also has launched its own crop science center at Farm 491—an agtech innovation space in Gloucestershire. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs and satisfaction based on results.

For more information, visit: www.maggrow.com.

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About Trimble's Agriculture Division

Trimble's Agriculture Division provides solutions that solve complex technology challenges across the entire agricultural landscape. The solutions enable farmers and advisors to allocate scarce resources to produce a safe, reliable food supply in a profitable and environmentally sustainable manner. Covering all seasons, crops, terrains and farm sizes, Trimble solutions can be used on most equipment on the farm, regardless of manufacturer and production year. The acquisition of Müller-Elektronik, a German company specializing in implement control and precision farming solutions, extends Trimble's precision agriculture capabilities from the vehicle to the implement. To enable better decision making, Trimble offers technology integration that allows farmers to collect, share, and manage information across their farms, while providing improved operating efficiencies in the agricultural value chain. Trimble solutions include guidance and steering; grade control, leveling and drainage; flow and application control; irrigation; harvest solutions; desktop and cloud-based data management; and correction services. For more information on Trimble Agriculture, visit: agriculture.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), visit: www.trimble.com.

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Media Contact:

Lea Ann McNabb

Trimble

408-481-7808

leaann_mcnabb@trimble.com

MagGrow signs a deal with Leading Farmers, Czech Republic and Slovakia

Dublin, Ireland, Jan 8, 2019- Today, MagGrow and Leading Farmers announced a partnership to distribute MagGrow technology in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Both companies are excited to introduce the technology to crop growers in these countries. Leading Farmers has been in the agriculture business for many years and recognises MagGrow as a leading agricultural technology for its large customer base. Under the terms of the agreement, MagGrow has granted Leading Farmers the exclusive rights to distribute and commercialise MagGrow products and technology in both countries.MagGrow is now positioned to expand its reach with this partnership in these regions. 

 

 

MagGrow is excited to work with such a well known agricultural brand as Leading Farmers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia’ said Gary Wickham, CEO, MagGrow. Not only is Leading Farmers a well known Trimble dealership and Smart Farming solution provider, it is a very well recognized brand in its own right providing many years of service to its ever growing customer base. MagGrow is delighted to be associated with such a powerful brand and successful organization as Leading Farmers and I look forward to developing our relationship further in the years ahead.’

 

Leading Farmers are currently extending their portfolio of smart farming technologies and MagGrow’s Boomkit will be a substantial contribution in the area of improving efficiency of plant protection on Czech and  Slovak farms. On top of that, MagGrow’s spray drift control technology helps to limit the impact of farm chemicals on the environment in an unprecendented scale’, said Pavel Milata, CEO, Leading Farmers. We are looking forward to becoming MagGrow partner for the Czech Republic and Slovakia and launch their technology in the Czech market in the spring 2019.’    

 

About MagGrow

 

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.  

 

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

 

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. 

 

There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system. 

MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including UC Davis in California, Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.

See more at: www.maggrow.com

 

About Leading Farmers CZ, a.s.

 

Established in 2000 by MBO of several employees of Hydro Czech Republic, majority owned by private Norwegian investors. Throughout the years Leading Farmers has grown in recognised partner of major farms for implementation of smart farming technologies. 

 

Major product lines

–     distribution and development of smart farming technologies and farm electronics

–     system integration in precision farming area

–     farm advisory, data processing

–     internet advisory, trading, communication and information platform www.leadingfarmers.cz

 

Main sales territory is the Czech Republic and Slovakia with certain export activities to various European countries.Since the year 2015 operations in Slovakia are carried out by sister company - Leading Farmers SK, s.r.o.16 employees in both countries combined (2018).

 

See more at: www.leadingfarmers.cz

 

For further information:

 

Contact:

Ian Finnegan

ian.finnegan@maggrow.com

(087) 677 2484

 

Leading Farmers contact:

Vaclav Jirka

vaclav.jirka@lfc.cz

+420 724717781

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harper Adams University announce setting up a new industrial research and engineering support unit in collaboration with MagGrow

Dublin, Ireland –19thof December 2018 - Harper Adams University, locatedclose to Newport, in Shropshire, UK. is a rapidly expanding, progressive university specialising in the provision of higher education and research within the agricultural and rural sectors. It has today announced a research and development collaboration with MagGrow, an Irish SME based in Dublin, that will strengthen and extend its industrial, agricultural research capability and experience.

The collaboration focuses upon the realisation of a strong industrial research base for agricultural spraying coupled with the development of the agricultural spray testing facility. Both exploit the University’s long track record in crop protection technology and its activity as a collaborating agency within the World Health Organisation vector control programme.

The development and exploitation of new and novel technology has been core to industrial co-operation in the past. It is in the same vein that this collaborative agreement provides the foundation for Harper Adams University to explore some of the fundamental science behind the MagGrow system.

The development of the engineering research and spray test capabilities as part of the agreement will assist in identifying and quantifying spray-related performance factors. It will also provide the opportunity to optimise system performances, as a result of this knowledge, yielding potential benefits to food production and the environment alike.

 

 

Parmjit Chima (Head of Engineering)of Harper Adams said: ‘The partnership with MagGrow will bring an exciting stimulus to industrial research into agricultural spray technologies at Harper Adams University. The collaboration will further develop relationship with the company in new product design, develop and test innovative spray technology systems. This initiative will further cement the university’s position in teaching, research and innovation in fixed, mobile and aerial spray systems.”    

 

Gary Wickham, CEO said: ‘In building a company with a strong product portfolio, and entry into a growing number of international key markets, the team at MagGrow are dedicated to a scientific approach to drive innovation and continuous improvement. Critical to this approach has been partnership across research institutions. Collaboration is an important part of this process, seeking the best in their field to help facilitate scientific credibility, sustainable growth, customer satisfaction and competitive standing. In this regard, we are delighted to be working with Harper Adams University in what promises to be a significant and mutually important synergistic endeavour.”

 

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About Harper Adams 

Harper Adams University has a long track record of applied research and development in the area of crop protection technology. In addition, the role of equipment testing as collaborating institution of the World Health Organisation in their vector control programme has broadened the remit of the university’s spray application research facility. 

 

 

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across four different regions; the USA, Canada, South Africa and Europe.   MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour. 

 

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable approach to primary food production.  While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results. 

 

See more at: www.maggrow.com

 

 

Jochem Verberne joins MagGrow board

Dublin, Ireland – 26th November 2018– MagGrow, the Irish headquartered company providing sustainable solutions to agriculture,has today announced the appointment of Jochem Verberne to its board of directors. The company’s board and executive team champions sustainability to spur innovation and serve it’s ever increasing market opportunities which in turn helps MagGrow’s customers deliver their twin profitability and sustainability goals. Jochem is a perfect fit for the business with his background in addressing the world’s water challenges, an area that MagGrow is heavily involved in with its technology.

 

In addition to his board responsibilities Jochem will, along with Yves Kummer, work closely with MagGrow’s management team to accelerate the development of the business in a number of key markets. Their knowledge and network within the agriculture industry is a tremendous addition to the business.    

 

Jochem Verberne,said: “We’re facing an enormous challenge to produce at least 50% more food by 2050 in a more sustainable way than today. At WWF, I learned that a rapid increase of investments in solutions for this challenge is needed to reduce the pressures on our natural resources and to change the way we take care of our arable land. I’ve seen many important innovations that can reduce the use of water and chemicals for food production incrementally but MagGrow’s patented technology achieves water and chemical use reductions of up to 50%. These potential savings are combined with significant pesticide drift reduction and increased productivity levels. That’s very promising. Coming from a science-based organization, it was important for me to see how MagGrow validates its underlying technology with scientific evidence from leading academia. I look forward to help an innovative company like MagGrow to contribute to feeding the planet in a more sustainable way.” 

 

We are delighted to welcome Jochem to the board of MagGrow. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his previous roles and a vision for food sustainability that is 100% aligned with ours. We look forward to working with Jochem and his colleagues over the coming months and years to further the success of the MagGrow business.”said Gary Wickham, Chief Executive Officer, MagGrow.

 

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About Jochem Verberne

Jochem Verberne is a global leader in corporate sustainability, and an investor in and advisor to innovative companies which aim to reduce the pressures on our common home. Until August 2018, Jochem acted as Global Partnerships Director at WWF International, the largest conservation organisation in the world, and as such responsible for WWF’s leadership 

 

position in partnering with the public and private sector to drive sustainable business practices and investments. Prior to WWF, Jochem worked at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for six years after graduating with an MSc from the University of Technology Delft in The Netherlands. 

 

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates in four main territories; the USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa.   MagGrow has developed and commercialised a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying for customers. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour. The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable approach to primary food production. 

 

See more at: www.maggrow.com

 

 

MagGrow €3 million funding to fuel growth and innovation for 2019

Dublin, Ireland – 12th November, 2018– MagGrow, the Dublin based agtech pioneer that is solving the global issues of spray drift and poor coverage in the spraying of pesticides on crops for our customers,has today announced the completion of its 2018 funding round. This latest investment, which has been supported by existing and new investors, will finance MagGrow to accelerate growth in target markets. Funds will also be allocated to several research and development initiatives both internally and with third party research partners to further explore and validate the science behind the MagGrow technology. 

 

MagGrow has successfully recruited key customers and channel partners for its patented and proprietary spray technology in a number of large agricultural markets including the USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa.  The funding announced today will enable MagGrow to invest further in its distribution platform to service customers in both existing and new markets. 

 

MagGrow’s current product portfolio provides a unique solution for its customers seeking to address the global issue of drift reduction and poor coverage experienced with pesticide spraying in agriculture. Resulting third party and customer studies across different crop types and multiple geographies have consistently demonstrated the benefits of the MagGrow technology, including water and chemical savings, extended spray windows and lower labour costs.

 

In addition to developing its sales distribution further, MagGrow is committed to expanding the use of its technology in other spray applications and agricultural uses. The company has a strong pedigree in research and development since its inception in 2013. MagGrow has focused on working with industry leading academic institutions such as Wageningen University, Harper Adams and most recently Trinity College. Additionally, it has launched its own crop science centre at Farm 491 where the company’s latest product innovations are tested and released.

 

We are delighted with the support our existing investors have shown for the MagGrow business and we welcome our most recent new investors,”said Gary Wickham, Chief Executive Officer, MagGrow. “To date the company has raised in excess of €10 million to fund the development of its current product portfolio and successfully launch in a number of key markets. This latest investment will allow us to support our customers increasing requirements, accelerate our sales growth and ensure we continue to invest in the development of the underlying technology which has been a core strength of this business since the start. 

 

“The board and investors are excited by the commercial success of core products launched for the pesticide spraying market in 2018. The feedback from customers and channel partners has been overwhelmingly positive with customer testimonials in particular giving us huge confidence in the potential global demand for our proprietary crop spraying technology. We look forward to the achievement of further commercial and scientific milestones in 2019” said Frank van Bezooijen, a director and investor in MagGrow.

 

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About MagGrow

 

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates in four main territories; the USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa.   MagGrow has developed and commercialised a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying for customers. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour. The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable approach to primary food production. 

 

 

MagGrow and AMBER, the SFI Research Centre based at Trinity College Dublin has today announced a research collaboration.

SFI Research Centre AMBER announces new research project with MagGrow, the Irish SME leading quest for more efficient spray technology

 

Collaboration between AMBER and MagGrow will provide scientific analysis of the effects of permanent magnets in crop spray technology to solve the urgent issues of drift and poor coverage of pesticides on crops – greatly reducing the quantities needed

 

10am, 04thof October, 2018, Dublin AMBER, the SFI Research Centre for materials science based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has today announced a research collaboration with MagGrow, an Irish SME based in Dublin.The overall goal of the jointly funded project, with leading magnet scientist Prof. Michael Coey, is toinvestigate the physical basis for the magnetic effects attributed to the MagGrow spraying technology.

 

At the moment 70% of pesticide spray does not reach the target crop. MagGrow’s innovative sprayer technology gives better coverage than conventional crop spraying systems, resulting in increased coverage of the target plant, and reduced water usage. It reduces drift of the spray chemicals targeting them exactly where they are needed with benefits to the health of agricultural workers and soil. The MagGrow technology, which has been researched and developed over the last six years, uses permanent magnets to achieve these results. Prof. Coey and his colleagues will investigate under field and laboratory conditions the magnetic effects underpinning MagGrow technology, as it exists today, and the potential it offers to create new innovative solutions for agriculture, irrigation, and other industrial applications in the future.  

 

The aim of this project is to investigate the physical basis for the magnetic effects of the MagGrow magnet-assisted agricultural sprayer technology, using both field and laboratory-based research. After initial characterisation of the effects of MagGrow technology in the field, a working rig, comprising representative components and associated magnets, of the MagGrow boom-based sprayer system will be set up at TCD. This will be used to investigate systematically the influence of the magnets on spray characteristics, droplet size distribution, and spray coverage, with a view to optimizing the magnetic and fluidic circuit designs in relation to drift, coverage and efficacy of chemical usage. This work will involve an interplay of experiment and finite-element computer modelling. The very detailed scientific information derived through this study will provide MagGrow with the foundational theory to optimise existing products and develop the technology for other applications. 

 

Prof. Michael Coey, AMBER and School of Physics, Trinity College,said: “Our collaboration with MagGrow has the potential to improve the delivery of pesticides and other agricultural sprays. The expertise in magnetism of our research team in AMBER and the School of Physics is internationally recognized and we have excellent research facilities which can benefit this engagement. I am looking forward to working with MagGrow on this project, which we expect to shed light on the physical basis of the effects of rare earth magnets on crop spraying, a technology that is vital for feeding the planet.” 

 

This strategic collaboration builds on the work of our Research and Development teams in Ireland and the UK and will help us gain more of an understanding of the science around our technology, optimise our existing product set and help us identify new areas of product development,” said Gary Wickham, Chief Executive Officer, MagGrow.The research team at MagGrow, led by Professor Anthony Furness, is delighted to be working with Professor Mike Coey and his team at Trinity on this collaboration. These industry-leading experts will help accelerate the optimisation and development of MagGrow products that are helping to fix large global issues right now, namely a scarcity of water, the waste associated with poor application of pesticides and the environmental damage that can result from spray run-off and spray drift.”

 

ENDS

 

 

About AMBER

AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) the SFI Research Centre for materials science based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD)provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry to develop new materials and devices for a range of sectors, particularly the ICT, medical devices and industrial technology sectors. The centre is hosted in Trinity College Dublin, working in collaboration with CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices), the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering and with University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

 

www.ambercentre.ie

@ambercentre

 

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across four different regions; the USA, Canada, South Africa and Europe.   MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour. 

 

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable approach to primary food production.  While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results. 

 

See more at: www.maggrow.com

MagGrow expands their Crop Science Team

MagGrow are pleased to announce that we are expanding our Crop Science operations based at Farm491 in Cirencester in line with increasing customer demand.

Farm 491 is a space for agritech innovators and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. It was founded at and funded by the Royal Agricultural University in 2015 at Cirencester. The new MagGrow facility at Farm 491 provides us with an ideal location from which to conduct our field and semi-field trial programme, with the University farm offering an excellent selection of suitable trial sites.

As part of this growth we are delighted to welcome Cameron Wood, who has joined MagGrow as a Crop Science Specialist and will be a key part of our ongoing trials activities. Cameron joins us with experience gained with one of the top Food and Drink research organisations in Europe, and one of the largest agricultural contract trials companies in the UK.

The MagGrow Crop Science team led by Nick Jessop work closely with regulatory authorities and leading industry and academic experts to ensure that customers are able to utilise the full benefits of improved coverage and reduced drift from this innovative technology.

MagGrow recognises that growers will have different sets of challenges relating to the crops that they grow and the regions in which they grow them. As such, we conduct extensive semi-field and field trials, to ensure we are offering suitable solutions, supported by strong empirical evidence, rather than just a product.

MagGrow are currently looking to further increase the Crop Science team with the appointment of a Trials Assistant – details can be found on MagGrow’s website. www.maggrow.com

MagGrow signs a three-year deal with Gebr. Weststrate B.V.

Dublin, Ireland, August 23, 2018- Today, MagGrow and Weststrate announced a three- year partnership to distribute MagGrow technology in the following provinces of Gelderland, Noord Holland, Zuid Holland, Utrecht, Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland in the Netherlands. Both companies are eager to introduce the technology to crop growers in the Netherlands. Weststrate has been in the agriculture business since 1929. Under the terms of the agreement, MagGrow has granted Westsrate the exclusive rights to distribute and commercialise MagGrow products and technology in the southern regions. MagGrow is now positioned to expand its reach with this partnership in this very important market.

‘MagGrow is excited to work with a such a well known agricultural brand as Weststrate in the Netherlands’ said Gary Wickham, CEO, MagGrow. ‘Not only is Weststrate a leading dealer of quality brands such as New Holland and Delvano, it is a very well recognized brand in its own right providing many years of service to its ever growing customer base. MagGrow is delighted to be associated with such a powerful brand and successful organization as Weststrate and I look forward to developing our relationship further in the years ahead.’

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer.

There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system.

MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.

See more at: www.maggrow.com

About Weststrate

www.maggrow.com Gebr. Weststrate B.V. has been in agriculture business since 1929. Gebr. Weststrate B.V. became one of the largest agricultural mechanization companies in Zeeland. They also also supply garden and park machines, forklifts, sweepers and scrubbers and earthmoving machines.

Weststrate are the official dealer of quality brands such as New Holland, Delvano, Toyota, BT, Atlas, Kubota, Giant, Husqvarna and Stiga. Weststrate supplies tractors, agricultural machinery, forklifts, electric pallet trucks, excavators, shovels, vibratory plates and garden and park machines.

For further information: http://www.gebrweststrate.nl

MagGrow contact:

Ian Finnegan

ian.finnegan@maggrow.com

+353 87 677 2484

Weststrate contact:

Arjan Weststrate

awest@gebrweststrate.nl

+31 (6 46 32 20 64

MagGrow signs a three-year partnership with Dijkstra & Langeweg

Dublin, Ireland, August 10, 2018- Today, MagGrow and Dijkstra and Langeweg announced a three- year partnership to distribute MagGrow technology exclusively for Amazone in the Netherlands. Dijkstra & Langeweg is a leading Amazone machinery distributor in the Netherlands. Both companies are very excited to introduce the technology to crop growers in the Netherlands. Since 2006 Dijkstra & Langeweg has been a full-line Amazone dealer and has vast experience with the Amazone sprayers. 

Under the terms of the agreement, MagGrow has granted Dijkstra & Langeweg the exclusive rights to distribute and commercialise MagGrow products and technology specifically for Amazone Sprayers in the Netherlands. Both MagGrow and Dijkstra & Langeweg are looking forward to this joint business development and are well positioned to expand their reach with this partnership in this very important market. 

MagGrow is excited to work with a such a well known agricultural brand as Dijkstra & Langeweg in the Netherlands’ said Gary Wickham, CEO, MagGrow. ‘Not only is Dijkstra & Langeweg a leading dealer of Amazone sprayers, it is a very well recognized brand in its own right providing many years of great service. The MagGrow team look forward to working with Dijkstra & Langeweg and developing a relationship in years ahead’

 

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system.

MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageneingen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.
 

See more at: www.maggrow.com

About Dijkstra & Langeweg

Dijkstra & Langeweg is a leading distributor of Amazone Sprayers in the Netherlands. Amazone has 17 locations throughout the Netherlands and is one of the leading brands in the Netherlands.

 For further information: http://www.dijkstralangeweg.nl

 

Contact:

Ian Finnegan

ian.finnegan@maggrow.com

+353 87 677 2484

 

Dijkstra & Langeweg contact:

Gerralt Langeweg

kraggenburg@dijkstralangeweg.nl

+31 6 2237 4598

 

 

 

 

 

MagGrow Appoints Conrow As Exclusive Sales Agent For Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, July 18, 2018 - Today, MagGrow and Conrow Limited announced an agreement for Conrow to act as an exclusive sales agent for the Irish market. Both companies are excited to introduce the technology to crop growers in the market. Conrow is led by Dermot Rowan who has been in the agriculture business for decades and recognises MagGrow as a leading agricultural technology in the crop spraying market. Under the terms of the agreement, MagGrow has granted Conrow the exclusive rights to distribute MagGrow products and technology in the region. MagGrow is now positioned to expand its reach with this partnership in Ireland over the coming months and years.

‘MagGrow is excited to work with a such a well known figure as Dermot in the promotion of our products in Ireland’ said Mel Hurley, Chief Financial Officer, MagGrow. Dermot brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the crop sector from his previous experiences, having led companies like Drummond, the feed, seed and grain merchants, and is ideally placed to get the MagGrow brand firmly established in the Irish market. I look forward to developing our relationship further in the years ahead.’

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer.

There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system.

MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including UC Davis in California, Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.

See more at: www.maggrow.com

For further information:

MagGrow; Jemma Burke, Marketing and Brand Manager, Jemma.burke@maggrow.com

Conrow; Dermot Rowan, Managing Director, derrowan@gmail.com, Mobile 087 255 9953

MagGrow takes up residence at Farm 491

Dublin, Ireland, July 4, 2018- MagGrow are excited to announce that they are now working in conjunction with Farm491, based at the Royal Agricultural University in the UK.

MagGrow have taken up residency in one of the new Farm491 workshops near Cirencester, which will be used for research and testing. Farm 491 is a space for innovators to grow their business by applying technology to agriculture.

The link to the Royal Agricultural University gives members access to the University’s support and knowledge network that includes farmers, entrepreneurs, investors and academics. Members also have open access to farming data, research, equipment and resources.

Nick Jessop, MagGrow Head of Crop Science:

‘The new MagGrow facility at Farm491 provides us with an ideal location from which to conduct our field and semi-field trial programme, with the University farm offering an excellent selection of suitable trial sites. MagGrow has previously worked with similar organisations to advance the development of its award-winning technology, such as the Western Growers Innovation Center in Salinas, California, and has always found being surrounded by other innovators in the agricultural sector to be highly stimulating and rewarding experience. We look forward to developing our relationship with Farm491 and the RAU further in the coming years.”

Dr Ali Hadavizadeh, Farm491 Program Manager:

‘As the global population continues to rise and is expected to reach 10 Billion by 2050, the seriousness of the challenges to the food supply chain and the subsequent environmental impacts should not be underestimated. We at Farm491 are on a journey of discovering, supporting and nurturing new ways of farming that will guarantee the availability of quality, nutritious and affordable food for all whilst preserving the planet's health and wellbeing for future generations. MagGrow with their ground breaking innovative and environmentally friendly spraying equipment technologies sit at the heart of our vision and we are truly privileged to have them base their Crop Science division at one of our workshop units at Harnhill. Their presence and interactions with our start up community will energise, inspire and enhance our collective approach to finding solutions for challenges that lay ahead. Welcome on board and we wish you continued success."

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying.

MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer.

The AgTech Series: An Interview with Gary Wickham of MagGrow

The AgTech Series: An Interview with Gary Wickham of MagGrow  

Challenge Advisory chats to Gary Wickham – the CEO and founding member of MagGrow, to discuss the AgTech industry, Wickham’s career challenges and highlights thus far, and what the team are currently up to at MagGrow.   

Founded in 2013, MagGrow is an Irish AgTech start-up, and currently operates across three continents, North America, Europe and Africa.  

MagGrow is a spraying technology that helps farmers grow more by using less. The system gives better coverage than conventional crop spraying systems. The two core benefits are 70% drift reduction and 20-40% increased coverage.  Recently named as one of Successful Farming’s AgTech Start-ups to Watch in 2018, the future is bright for MagGrow.  

  

Can you tell us a bit about your career prior to MagGrow? 

Before I was the founding member and CEO of MagGrow, I started my career at Henkel Loctite in Ireland, holding several senior management positions, including the responsibility of building and operating Loctite’s first cleanroom facility for its Biomedical and Microelectronic product ranges. After receiving my MBA, I joined Reheis Pharma Ireland as the managing director with a turnover of over €40m. In 2003, I co-founded and set up Staycity apartment hotels, a highly successful international business with a turnover in excess of €70 million and over 500 employees. 

 

Could you tell us more about MagGrow and the work you’re currently doing? 

 MagGrow is a patented and proprietary technology solution that uses permanent rare earth magnets as part of an integrated system for droplet formation that reduces pesticide spray drift by over 70% and increases crop spray coverage by between 20-40% depending upon the crop. In addition to these two core benefits, our customers are seeing many other benefits such as up to 50% water usage reduction, better environmental compliance, and enhanced spray windows. MagGrow performs better than conventional technology in higher wind speeds and reduced labour requirements. The system does not require a power source, has no moving parts, is easy to retrofit to tractor booms and has very low maintenance. MagGrow technology is currently offered as a retrofit kit for tractor booms for any size and is brand agnostic.  

We also offer a backpack bespoke sprayer for greenhouse growers, where customers are using 50% less chemical and water. We are actively in discussions with some of the OEMs about incorporating MagGrow technology into new sprayers at the manufacturing stage. We are working with distributors to sell our products to our growing customer base in Canada, USA, Europe and South Africa and will be announcing some new dealerships this year. We have also started discussions with some strategic partners to scale our business. 

  

How have you seen the AgTech sector change over time in Ireland? 

Incredibly, a small nation like Ireland with a population of approximately 5 million people grows enough food for over 80 million people. There are ambitions to double that number but that is a very difficult challenge in the face of climate change and much higher regulatory and compliance requirements.   

The solution can only be met by sustainable farming, i.e. using less scarce resources such as land and water to grow more. Innovation is the key and I am delighted to see so many stakeholders in Ireland in both the government and private sector step up and see not only the challenge but the opportunity that this brings. Ireland wants to be a leader, not only in AgTech, but also in Innovation. There are great examples of this in the private sector with companies such as Dairymaster, Glanbia, Kerry Group, McHale, Keenans (Alltech), etc. In the public sector, you have world class organisations like Teagasc and other fantastic Universities and Research Centres. 

 

What areas of AgTech are you most passionate about? 

Agriculture is facing many challenges. The world needs to grow the same amount of food in the next 40 years or so as in the last 10,000 years combined, yet places like Africa, Asia and California are using over 80% of the total available water just for agriculture alone. So the team and I at MagGrow are delighted to be part of a company that’s doing its piece to solve some of the greatest food and water challenges that this planet is ever going to face. We love what we do and are very excited about MagGrow’s potential as we develop out new applications in areas such as Irrigation, where initial studies show that we can reduce water usage by up to 37%. 

 

In hindsight, what advice would you give to yourself five years ago when you first started the company? 

 Hindsight is always a wonderful thing. Yes, we have made some mistakes but less than we probably would have if I didn’t have a team with 50 years cumulative successful startup experience. The key is to know when to pivot and to act decisively. You can have a great technology but you also need a brilliant team. If I was to do one thing differently, I probably would have entered the US market quicker. 

 

Are there any people or companies in the industry that inspire you? 

Several. Bill Gates, he is such a generous man and the work he and his wife do with the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is fantastic and a credit to them both. Richard Branson has had many bad days but picked himself up, started again and built several successful businesses and is always willing to try new things and question convention. On the investment side, you can’t beat Warren Buffett as one of the shrewdest and best brains out there. 

 

What are the biggest challenges you have encountered in the industry? 

 Farmers can be slow to adopt new technology so you have to win their trust, develop your relationship with them and provide them with customer and independently verified data. That can be a long process. In addition, many farmers are struggling right now with the ever increasing costs of inputs, water and labour shortages and poor profit margins. But that’s where MagGrow fits in as MagGrow typically provides a return of investment in less than one year for farmers. We are making it cost effective to innovate and be sustainable. 

 

What do you think has been your biggest career highlight so far? 

 Nothing can beat seeing the faces of farmers as they see a MagGrow demo for the first time and realise they can control drift and get better coverage, something which is a major challenge for conventional technology. We have also done some work with small farm-holders in Africa who were using 50% less chemical and water to achieve the same coverage that they have with their current conventional technology. These farmers are typically very poor so it is very gratifying to know we can help the poorest of the poor. There are over 500 million small farm-holders in the world so we see this as a major exciting project. The next stage will be to find partners to help us manufacture and scale MagGrow technology for this group in a cost efficient way. 

 

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects? 

 Yes, aside from the ones already mentioned, we have a number of exciting projects in development. We have partnered with Harper Adams University in developing our new Intellectual Property, which has applications in Ag and non-Ag areas as well as conducting benchmarking activities and Industrial Research. We have established Crop Science operations in Farm491 based at the Royal Agricultural University in the UK where we are doing further semi-field work and field studies to support our third party research accreditations, customer and strategic partner studies as well as new product development support.  

Finally, we are about to embark on a major research project with Professor Michael Coey and his team in Trinity College, Dublin. Professor Coey is a world expert in magnetism and magnetic materials. The work will be co-funded by AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research), a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre that provides partnerships between leading researchers in materials and industry.

 

Technology enables you to achieve better coverage while reducing drift.

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that between 20% and 40% of the crops grown around the world are lost each year due to plant pests and diseases. While growers combat pests by spraying herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide, one of the biggest challenges with conventional spraying methods is controlling spray drift so it doesn’t move beyond its intended target.

An innovative concept developed by Ted Lenhardt, a Florida-based inventor with more than 40 years of experience in agriculture, would provide a solution. However, using a fine droplet size while trying to maximize drift control is a key challenge for conventional drift-reduction technologies because fine droplets take longer to fall out of the air and are harder to control.

“From Ted’s extensive research, he knew that existing pesticide spraying technologies for crops were a compromise between cover-age and drift control,” says Gary Wickham, a founding member and CEO of MagGrow. “Approximately 70% of what is sprayed during conventional spraying is wasted.” Intrigued by his work, Wickham, along with David Moore, decided to invest in developing Lenhardt’s basic idea.

“Using a fine droplet size provides more uniform coverage,” explains Wickham. “Besides using less inputs and water, you generate less waste by minimizing pesticide runoff to the soil and water.”

However, using a fine droplet size while trying to maximize drift control is a key challenge for conventional drift-reduction technologies because fine droplets take longer to fall out of the air and are harder to control.

This is where the MagGrow spraying technology steps in. It uses patented and proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior spray-drift reduction and spray-coverage performance.

“Our customers are seeing two core benefits: 70% drift reduction and at least 20% to 40% improved coverage, depending on the crop, along with significant reduction in water usage (up to 50%),” says Wickham.

MagGrow consists of manifolds and rods that utilize permanent rare earth magnets. This helps alter the fluid properties, which, impacts the spray profile characteristics and adhesion properties. The system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer.

A typical 80-foot sprayer requires a minimum of six main magnet housings, one boom arm magnet housing per boom section, and one nozzle adapter per nozzle. The cost is around $30,000 with a return on investment of about six to 12 months.

xx Successful Farming at Agriculture.com | July 2018

 

MagGrow signs a deal with GroeNoord Ag & Turf

Dublin, Ireland, June 18, 2018 - Today, MagGrow and Groenoord Ag & Turf announced a partnership to distribute MagGrow technology in the following provinces of Groningen, Drenthe, Friesland, Flevoland and Overijsel. Both companies are excited to introduce the technology to crop growers in these provinces in the Netherlands. Groenoord has been in the agriculture business for decades and recognises MagGrow as a leading agricultural technology for its large customer base. Under the terms of the agreement, MagGrow has granted GroeNoord the exclusive rights to distribute and commercialise MagGrow products and technology in the region. MagGrow is now positioned to expand its reach with this partnership in these provinces.

‘MagGrow is excited to work with a such a well known agricultural brand as GroeNoord in the Netherlands’ said Ian Finnegan, Head of Sales, MagGrow. Not only are GroeNoord a leading John Deere dealership in the Netherlands, it is a very well recognized brand in its own right providing many years of service to its ever growing customer base. MagGrow is delighted to work with Groenoord to continue to develop the MagGrow brand in the Netherlands’

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer. There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system.

MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including UC Davis in California, Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageneingen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.

See more at: www.maggrow.com

About Groenoord

Groenoord, specializing in John Deere equipment, is the largest agriculture dealer in northern Netherlands. Groenoord has 12 locations offering equipment, service and finance to it large customer base.

See more at: www.groenoordbv.nl

For further information:

Contact:

ian.finnegan@maggrow.com

M: +353 (87) 677 2484

MagGrow signs a three-year deal with Senwes

Dublin, Ireland, June 8, 2018- MagGrow and Senwes announced a three-year partnership to distribute MagGrow technology in Central South Africa. Both companies are excited to introduce the technology to crop growers in South Africa. Senwes has been in the agriculture business for 109 years and recognises MagGrow as a leading agricultural technology for their large customer base. Under the terms of the agreement, MagGrow has granted Senwes the exclusive rights to distribute and commercialise MagGrow products and technology in Central South Africa. MagGrow is now positioned to expand its reach with this partnership in this important market. The partnership is a strong strategic fit, leveraging the companies’ respective strengths.

‘MagGrow is excited to work with a such a prestigious agricultural brand as Senwes in South Africa’ said Gary Wickham, CEO, MagGrow. Not only are Senwes the leading John Deere dealership in Central South Africa, they are a very well recognized brand in their own right providing over a century of service to their ever growing customer base. MagGrow is delighted to be associated with such a powerful brand and successful organization as Senwes and I look forward to developing our relationship further in the years ahead.’

Francois Strydom, Chief Executive of the Senwes Group, said: “In line with our sustainability objectives and, inter alia, our contribution to environmental conservation, this partnership with MagGrow is of great value to Senwes. We are also committed to offering our clients the latest and best innovation solutions and this ground-breaking technology will add value to our solutions-offering to our clients. We are looking forward for a mutually beneficial partnership between Senwes and MagGrow, that will also be experienced by our clients”

About MagGrow

MagGrow, an Irish company, was set up in 2013, employs over 25 people and currently operates across three different regions; the USA, Canada, and Europe.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior drift reduction of over 70% and spray coverage performance of up to 40% compared to conventional spraying. MagGrow has many other benefits to drift reduction and coverage such as significant reduction in water usage by up to 50%, extended spray windows, and reductions in labour.

The MagGrow system has no moving parts, is easy to install and maintain, and can be fitted to a new or existing crop sprayer.

There is an increasing demand on food & water, and MagGrow’s technology is supporting a more sustainable food production system.

MagGrow is working closely with leading research universities including UC Davis in California, Harper Adams University in England, University of Wageneingen in the Netherlands, and Trinity College Dublin. While prompted by competitive demands and the global challenge of meeting the needs for future food production, MagGrow’s primary focus is on meeting customer needs, and satisfaction based on results.

See more at: www.maggrow.com

Providing Sustainable Innovation to Eliminate Wasteful Spraying Practices

CEO Gary's chats with Disruptor Daily where they discuss the problems the Ag industry are facing, what trends are taking place, and what the future looks like.

1. What’s the history of MagGrow? Where and how did you begin?

GW: MagGrow came from a chance meeting a few years ago, when my brother, Derek, met Ted Lenhardt, a Florida-based inventor with a background in agriculture spanning 40 years.

Ted had developed the basic concept for what is now MagGrow. From his extensive research, he was aware that existing pesticide spray technologies for crops were a compromise between coverage and drift control, which meant that approximately 70% of what is sprayed during conventional pesticide spraying is wasted.

I invested in the concept along with David Moore and acquired the IP from Ted Lenardt, who is still an advisor and shareholder of MagGrow.

In 2013, MagGrow was launched in Nova UCD with just two employees along with backing from Enterprise Ireland, and since then employee numbers have risen to almost thirty. MagGrow operates across three global footprints; the USA, Canada, and Europe. The head office is now located at Orchard House, on Clonskeagh Road in Dublin, Ireland.

2. What specific problem does MagGrow solve? How do you solve it?

GW: To meet the increasing population, the world needs to grow the same amount of food in the next 40 years as it has in last 10,000 years combined. Yet, today, agriculture alone uses over 80% of the total available water in many parts of the world, and this daunting challenge can only be met by sustainable innovation.

One of the biggest problems facing all farmers worldwide is pesticide drift. The world needs crop protection, as, without it, it is estimated  we would have only 30% of the food we currently grow. The net effect of drift is contamination, farmers suing farmers, governments suing farmers, new buffer zones, new regulations, etc.

MagGrow

Over 70% of the $60 billion in crop protection products sprayed is wasted using conventional technology. However, to meet regulatory compliance, farmers need to find a balance between drift control and crop coverage.

Farmers use larger droplets to reduce spray drift, however, these larger droplets mean that the solution runs off the plant and into the soil, rivers and streams, causing contamination. All farmers want to use smaller droplets to increase coverage, but this isn’t possible with conventional technology.

This is where MagGrow comes in.

MagGrow is a patented, proprietary technology for droplet formation that yields superior spray drift reduction and spray coverage performance. It solves the problem by reducing drift by up to 70% and improving coverage by at least 20-40%, depending upon the crop and spraying conditions.

MagGrow delivers significant savings in pesticide usage, uses less scarce resources such as water and labor, extends spray windows and meets environmental and legislative requirements. Critically, MagGrow reduces the risk of pesticide drift into neighboring fields.