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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.