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.”
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.
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