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Love Almonds!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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The Annual Almond Board Conference, held in Sacramento, CA every December is one of Magnation’s reminders the holidays are here. Our company has been exhibiting since 2009, and have gained a great deal of traction in the nuts industry (yes, it’s easier when you’re nutty yourself).

The conversation lends itself towards water quality & salinity, soil health and of course water conservation without damaging yield productivity.

What is inspiring is that data shows almond growers have steadily improved their water efficiency by 33% over the last 30 years for every pound of almonds grown today! 

One of the ubiquitous issues almond farmers deal with is WATER QUALITY. “Treating the water is extremely important for getting results in farming. Some water is totally unacceptable to plants. Some water is so hard that you have to be very specific where you put it or you’re not going to get good results. Almonds arevery sensitive to water that has certain elements in it. Treating the water with Magnation addresses that problem.” says Chuck Dees, California-based irrigation consultant of 18,000 acres of fruits, vegetables and nuts.
 
WATER CONSERVATION is on everybody’s mind. “I’d say with Magnation you will likely get better results with less water than you would normally have to use. For instance, instead of using 1.000 acre foot of water to produce a certain crop,you would only need to use .950 ac/ft. That’s asignificant savings! Sometimes water costs as much as $2,000 per ac/ft. So if you can save 50 acre feet,then there’s a $100,000 savings in water alone.We know we’ve saved water and money using Magnation’s water systems.”

LESS CHEMICALS is a benefit a grower just can’t ignore. “Where I’ve seen the most benefit is in tree health,” says Mike Etchegoinberry, a Fresno, California almond grower. “Compared to the average grower in this area, my need to spray for bugs is a lot less. I speak to other growers around here and I know that they’re using insecticides much more than I do. I know my tress are a lot healthier than others around here; everyone who stops by, comments on how good the trees look. We’re all caring for our trees the same way, but the difference the other growers aren’t using Magnation.”

Read the article here…  “In Defense of Almonds— Growers are finding ways to produce healthy trees, reduce the use of pesticides and save water, despite the drought”.

Keeping School Grounds and Sports Fields Alive During Times of Drought

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Landscape Managers Find a Cost-Effective Way of Treating Water and Saving Recreational Areas

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It’s widely known that the serious drought conditions in California and other western states have taken a critical toll on the agriculture industry. But did you know that many K-12 schools and universities throughout these regions have had to drastically curtail – and in some cases, eliminate — their outdoor sports activities due to the sustained lack of rainfall? In Santa Cruz, California, restrictions were imposed on all residents and businesses starting in 2014, in order to cut overall usage by 25% (in June of the same year it became a statewide mandate). Businesses and organizations with large landscaped sites, including schools and city parks using outdoor irrigation systems, were required to limit themselves to one-third of the water that was needed to maintain their gardens, lawns or fields. As a result, fields were closed at UC Santa Cruz as well as local high schools. Athletic programs were put on hold. This may sound like an extreme scenario, but it is far from being an isolated case. Throughout California and other drought-ravaged states, the dwindling supplies of water for landscape purposes is responsible for the closure of parks, golf courses, playgrounds and sports fields.

Aesthetics aren’t the only thing at risk when restrictions are imposed on landscaped grounds. When outdoor school and recreational areas are not adequately watered, the ground becomes rock hard and for those playing soccer or football, or even children playing at recess outside of their elementary schools, the results of falling on such hard ground can be injurious. For this reason, parks, recreation and grounds superintendents and maintenance managers are clamoring for solutions that will allow them to make their limited irrigation water go further. The following report highlights one such solution that is not only rescuing landscaped areas, but is also saving groundskeepers a substantial amount of money by eliminating the cost and labor of using wetting agents.

The Discovery School, Bakersfield, CA

In the Fruitvale School District, located in northwest Bakersfield, California, Brian Prine has been Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation, for almost 11 years. Brian oversees the irrigation of six different campuses in this region. When state requirements forced him to cut his watering time from 6 days a week to 3 days a week, the results were soon evident. The turf on some of the grounds and fields turned brown and, in localized areas, disappeared altogether. One of the campuses, the Discovery Elementary School, was particularly troublesome. The soil there was clay-based and the lack of water was slowly turning the ground to brick.

Before the drought restrictions were imposed, Prine used to water the grounds 6 days a week in the summer. Now, he is limited to 3 days of watering per week. “I can’t increase my watering,” said Prine. “And because my campus is so big, I need the full watering time allotted to me. So I had to find a solution that could keep the soil and turf healthy, using half as much water.” However, after doing some research, Prine was hard-pressed to find a solution that was within his budget. “I could use a ‘liquid gypsum’ product on the grounds that has been known to work. But the cost was beyond what my budget allowed. The cost of one year’s worth of applications would be $7,860, and that’s not even considering the added expenses of of time and labor needed to apply the wetting agent about every other month.” Prine also heard about a water treatment product from a company called Magnation Water Technologies, which claimed to save water, support healthy soil and grass and eliminate the need for wetting agents. Figuring that it was worth a try, he put Magnation to the test on his most problematic campus. He found that the Magnation system could easily be integrated with his existing irrigation set-up at the Discovery School. The company claimed that the product can last for as long as 15 years without needing replacement. The cost? $3400. Compared to the $7860 for one application of a wetting solution that would only cover one year, it was well worth the trial, according to Prine.

The rewards of trying something new

It’s now autumn in Bakersfield, CA. And just in time for the return of students to the Discovery School, the grounds are today healthy and looking good. To ascertain just how well this new irrigation treatment is working, Prine and his crew take monthly samples from different outdoor locations around the school. After only using Magnation for several months, the results of the tests are impressive (see charts below). The sod roots in September were more than twice as long as they were in July, and the average ground moisture extended almost three times deeper from July to September. According to Prine, “It’s clear to me that this product is doing what I was told it was going to. We have restored our soil and turf back to a healthy condition using half as much water, with the Magnation product. And it’s much more time- and cost-effective than using any type of wetting agent to try to get similar results. The product is already paying for itself after only several months.”

Turf and Soil Tests Done at Discovery School, Fruitvale School District

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

To verify the results that Prine experienced at the Discovery School, we traveled to a completely different location to investigate another recent customer of this seemingly incredible water treatment system. Commerce City, Colorado is home to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, also known as DSG Park, a soccer-specific stadium that hosts the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team. In addition to the stadium, DSG Park offers 25 soccer fields; 23 of them use natural grass that must be consistently maintained and kept healthy. Phil McQuade, the current Director of Turf at DSG Park and Stadium, has been employed by the complex since it opened in 2007, and was looking for a solution to help maintain healthy coverage on these fields.

“We’re located in a particularly high-wind area and because of this we often experience dry spots in the turf. Since people who use these fields expect the grounds to be in top shape, we needed to find a sustainable solution to this problem.” McQuade discovered the Magnation products at a local trade show and decided to experiment. “Surrounding the stadium, we have four pods with six fields in each pod. These fields are regularly used for soccer, lacrosse, football, you name it. We decided to test out the product by installing a Magnation unit in the irrigation system to just one of our pods. That was in April of this year, and now we (myself, my assistant and our irrigation consultant) are definitely seeing a reduction of dry spots. Not only have the areas of dryness shrunk, but the turf is now coming in thicker.”

Convinced by the tangible results they got on these six fields, McQuade just purchased an additional unit to install for another pod of fields. “We think there is a definite benefit to using this water treatment,” said McQuade. “We’re also testing an area inside the large stadium; a couple of berms that are south-facing and right by a building. They are constantly being baked by sunlight all day. So we wanted to see what would happen if we put Magnation on the irrigation heads in that section.” McQuade and his colleagues installed Magnation on one side of this problematic section, but not on the other, and again found evidence of how well this treatment worked. McQuade sums it up by saying, “Everything being equal on both sides, the one side treated with Magnation appeared to have less dry patches and the turf was denser. I honestly believe that the Magnation treatment helps water penetrate the soil and therefore we’re getting deeper roots and healthier turf.”

Challenging the status quo

With such compelling testimonies from the users of this unique water treatment system, one can’t help but be curious why – especially during these times of severe drought conditions – Magnation has not yet gained a higher level of ubiquity. According to Mike Jenzeh, the co-founder and CEO of the Oakland, CA-based company, “Change happens gradually, especially with products that are disrupting the status quo of the way things have been done for decades. But, when you have something that is proven to work again and again in a variety of applications; when the evidence collected from hands-on experience by agricultural experts, landscape managers, golf superintendents and the like, becomes undeniable, then people are more willing to give it a try. We’re not quite at the tipping point yet, but word is spreading fast and more and more people are turning to us. We have demonstrated that we can help a wide range of water issues, and the proof is in the results.”

Although this “different” way of addressing landscape and agricultural irrigation problems is finally gaining recognition, Magnation is a David among many Goliaths in the water treatment industry. However, if you recall the outcome of that ancient confrontation, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine that, with such a demonstrable method of tackling BIG irrigation problems during desperate times, Magnation has just the right slingshot for saving water and helping to save our gardens, parks and recreation areas.

How Magnation’s Innovative Water Systems Help Organic Growers with a Variety of Challenges

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Magnation-For-Organic-FarmingIn spite of the worst drought California has seen in centuries, statistics from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) organization, indicate that organic farming is currently booming in the Golden State, with a significant increase in certified organic farms over the past several years. Since 2010, the CCOF has expanded by over 1.5 million acres—that’s 2,343 square miles—of certified organic land.

How organic growers are not only weathering this water crisis, but also thriving during this time, is worth some exploration. Part of the answer lies with the alternative farming methods that organic growers employ. Using heavy mulches to reduce evaporation from the soil surface, better soil contouring, which reduces unintended runoff and also helps reduce erosion, and the use of artificial swales, (small depressions in the land designed to capture runoff and increase water infiltration) are some of the procedures used in organic farming to lessen the amount of water needed to grow healthy crops.

But in addition to these inventive organic farming methods, an increasing number of farmers are integrating a simple, innovative, non-chemical water treatment solution with their irrigation systems. It reduces the amount of water needed, helps keep moisture levels high in soil, and enhances the health and vitality of crops. According to the growers, themselves, this method of treating irrigation water is extremely effective in addressing a variety of issues that are challenging conventional and organic farmers. The solution is called Magnation Water Technologies.

 Read More Here!

Water Productivity and How Physics (chemical-free) Improves Water Quality and Conservation

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
The new Fall issue of Turf Trends Magazine published an important article on water productivity on page 104; and how physics (zero chemicals) can play a major role in water quality/conservation and penetration. Enjoy!

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TurfTrends Fall 2015 Article on Magnation

Golf Course Superintendent Saves 2.5 Million Gallons Per Month with Magnation

Monday, April 13th, 2015
My name is Dean Piller, Member of the GCSAA for 25 years.  I am the Superintendent of the Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, British Columbia and Past Past President of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association.  I read with interest an article about the water restrictions and serious drought facing California.  Two years ago I began doing research on the Magnation product line that has the ability to reduce irrigation requirements for turf and agriculture crops by up to 25%.  We have installed pump station magnets on both of my golf courses with noticeable results.  Last summer, in one of the hottest and driest summers on record our irrigation daily run times were 80,000 gallons less per night equating to 2.5 million gallons per month.  
Sincerely,
Dean Piller
Superintendent
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California Orders Unprecedented, Mandatory Water Cuts

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

 

Latest electronic measurements from California’s Department of Water Resources show the mountain snow water equivalent at a record low of 5%. As the snow is needed to help replenish reservoirs, state and federal officials have sharply curtailed supplies to farmers and other users.

Meanwhile, cities and water agencies have instituted strict conservation measures while Gov. Jerry Brown ordered statewide mandatory cuts for the first time ever last week.Drought-Progress-CA-2011-2015_600pix

For residential users, landscape irrigators, Magnation’s chemical-free, energy-free and maintenance-free water-saving systems are installed at the incoming main line to treat all the water to your home and garden. Save 20% water in your garden, while using less chemicals and detergents to keep your home clean and healthy. Reduce hard water residue on your shower doors, walls, toilets and sinks—and get rid of your softener. Healthier, more productive water for the entire family and property.

The Bolt H2O™ Home Unit softens hard water without salts. Improve the ability of water to dissolve waste and other compounds. This highly efficient water replaces the needs for expensive and inconvenient salt softeners (which are also destructive to our environment), helps reduce cleaning detergents by 30%, extend the life of your plumbing and hardware, and reduces buildup.

Benefits throughout your home include:

• Reduces water use 20% for irrigation and enhances the benefits for lawns, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and all plants and trees 
• Improve taste of water, food and beverages made with treated water
• Softens entire water system without chemicals or maintenance!
• Cuts detergent use in half by increasing dissolvability
• Reduces discharge of chemicals into the environment
• Reduces need for shampoo, soaps and cleaners
• Less residue on shower screens, floor & walls
• Less scale buildup in pipes and shower heads
• Water efficiency for cooking and cleaning
• Cuts the need for fertilizers 10-30%.
• Softer skin and hair!

Available in 3/4″ and 1″ diameters in Anodized Aluminum or Stainless Steel.

Easy to use, Magnation’s Bolt H2O™ Home Unit and the mobile, clamp-on SpringBolt™ help and have been used for hard water control for over 60 years. Since 2008, Magnation’s water systems have been helping people cut water use, improve water quality, and help reduce environmental pollution. Enjoy the benefits for 10 or more years. Comes with a 7-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

“We like it. It makes our skin softer. And makes our grass grow faster and greener. And the water tastes better. Our dish water runs better and we use less soap.”
~ Steven J. Bishop, Blackfoot, ID

“I put one of the Magnation units on my domestic well. I was amazed at its ability to eliminate my hard water deposits and the stains on my faucets are gone. I am very well pleased with the outcome.”
– Dean Johnson, Kimberly, ID

“Our water tastes better, and our plants are looking good around the house. We’re recommending it to our son who farms.”
~ Glenda and Earl Berlier, Lakin, KS

“After installing the Magnation System we haven’t had to put salt in our softener at home and our laundry is coming out cleaner than when were running the softener.”
~ Lyle Nunnenkamp, Sutton, NE

“I like what I’m seeing at home, with removal of scale in the pipes and what the Magnation unit is doing with our water hardness. I’m putting it on my pivot.”
~ Steve Nelson, Sloan, IA

For golf courses especially, easy water penetration into your impacted soils, and a minimum of 20% water-savings have been proven in University trials and golf courses alike, endorsed by Superintendents. Read more here.

Read more about California’s drought and mandatory water cuts.

World food demand is set to grow 60% by 2050

Friday, March 27th, 2015

(Source: CropLife Canada)

We answer with Maximum Water Utilization!

Higher Yields with Magnation

Higher Yields with Magnation

Magnation promotes growing higher yield and better quality food with less water and inputs. Zero chemicals, energy or maintenance once Magnation’s water systems are installed. Lifespan, up to 20 years.

“Our results have been remarkable. Where we installed the Magnation unit, the corn out-yielded our other irrigated corn but used 30% less irrigation water. The corn was 11% better than that fields previous best yield, there was noticeably better uniformity across the sprinklers on the pivot, and our pumping costs were lower. ” ~ Lee Fintel, Superior, NE

“We had a 10 bushel difference on 100 acres in our winter wheat: 95 bushels with Magnation unit, and 85 bushels in our control field. We noticed better infiltration and greener plants.” ~ Shane Grevins, Chapman, NE 

“My baby spinach yield was over 35% higher with Magnation’s water systems. It required less fertilizer and less water… and gave me an earlier harvest.” ~ Wayne Gularte, Rincon Farms, Gonzalez, CA 

Yes, irrigators and also dry farming can maximize seed germination!

Magnation’s Seed Maximizer™ boosts seed concentration, accelerates germination rates, improves root structure, promotes crop uniformity, promotes disease resistance, and increases yields.

* Earlier emergence & enhanced germination
* Increased starch and protein production
* Deeper, wide-spreading root structure
* Soybeans: more nitrogen nodules
* Higher disease resistance
* Enhanced plant health
* Better absorption rate
* Reduced heat stress
* Stronger stalks
* Bigger yields

 

Use less energy in 2015, and save more water.

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Using Less Energy
First of all, Happy New Year!
May it be the BEST one yet!!

It’s the little things. Add them up and it turns out to be a great thing. Making personal bests, for example. As personal resolve, I (one of the founders of Magnation) am committed to reducing my impact by both practicing myself and teaching my kids to turn off the lights when we/they leave the room—all the time. I grew up in a household where all the lights in the house on was normal. It meant comfort. However, times, as well as myself, have changed! I am still comfortable with less lights on (except the lights on the Christmas tree 🙂 )—and feeling satisfied knowing my impact is about doing my part in the community.

Using less energy means also using less water.

In drought-stricken California, where I was born and currently live, irrigation water critical to about 3 million acres of agricultural land in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys and along California’s central coast, but that quantity was significantly reduced in WY (Water Year) 2014. The CVP (Central Valley Project) also provides urban water for millions of people and industrial water essential to the San Francisco Bay Area’s economy. Water from the CVP is also crucial for the environment, wildlife and fishery restoration, and hydroelectric power production.

So, for those of us who read parts of articles due to time constraints, this is what local water impacts:

  • Agriculture
  • Industrial use
  • Household use
  • Environment
  • Wildlife & fishery restoration (life’s balance, and food)
  • Energy

During Water Year 2014, CVP powerplants generated about 2.7 billion kilowatt-hours. Project use consumed about 25 percent of this energy; the remaining energy was made available for marketing. That’s for us folks to use.

How does Magnation help reduce energy consumption?

Magnation significantly helps reduce friction, making it easier to pump and move water with less energy. Simply put, magnetic field softens the water, making it easier to flow.

In Agriculture, customers have reported using 10% less energy using Magnation’s RainBolt™ for well casings, for example. Apply the same calculation to households who use the Bolt H2O Softener™ improving the same energy consumption  (not to mention environmental & cost benefits of less chemicals/detergents in the house and removal of salt-softeners).

And there are plenty more ways to do our little parts. For now, it’s about turning that switch off for me, when it’s time. Thanks for reading!

From our family to yours, we wish you all the best for a healthy, good and properous 2015!

~ Stef

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Magnation can SAVE 60.5 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

How much water is used in the United States each day for irrigation of crops?

Daily irrigation use is much larger than drinking water use (about four times), but the volume depends on the location and the time of year. It takes about 50 glasses of water just to grow enough oranges to produce one glass of orange juice, for example. One estimate puts the total amount used for irrigation at 141 billion gallons a day, 66% from surface water and 34% from groundwater. Of course, most irrigation water is not treated as tap water is. A 20% reduction equals a savings of an average of 28.2 billion gallons daily in US agricultural land alone! 

Total industrial use, by comparison, is about 160 billion gallons per day. A 20% reduction equals a savings of 32 billion gallons in US industrial applications, daily.

Information provided by Agricultural Water Conservation Clearinghouse

An independent controlled study conducted in 2014 by Olds College in Canada; (The Effects of Magnet Treated Irrigation Water on Kentucky Bluegrass in a Greenhouse Environment, MacKenzie, Johb, Plantje, 2014) treated irrigation water with Magnation® Rainbolt™ water systems in a greenhouse environment, with the control group remaining untreated. Results show the same effect is achieved while using 20% less irrigation water when treated, for a total of 80% water application, as compared to the controlled amount of 100% normal water application. 

Approximately 2.08 billion gallons of water are used everyday to irrigate golf courses in the United States. (Lyman, 2012). A 20% reduction equals a significant savings of 416 million gallons daily in US turfgrass for golf courses alone.


In summary, in only Agricultural, Industrial and Golf turgrass applications, Magnation Water Technologies can SAVE 60.5 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY without any added chemicals, energy, or maintenance to make it work, and zero by-products.

Better Water for Feeding 9 Billion

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

According to National Geographic, Farming is the thirstiest user of our precious water supplies and a major polluter, as runoff from fertilizers and manure disrupts fragile lakes, rivers, and coastal ecosystems across the globe. We’ll likely have two billion more mouths to feed by mid-century—more than nine billion people. But sheer population growth isn’t the only reason we’ll need more food. The spread of prosperity across the world, especially in China and India, is driving an increased demand for meat, eggs, and dairy, boosting pressure to grow more corn and soybeans to feed more cattle, pigs, and chickens. If these trends continue, the double whammy of population growth and richer diets will require us to roughly double the amount of crops we grow by 2050. 5 suggestions from the writers of “Feeding The World” article:

  1. Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint
  2. Step Two: Grow More on Farms We’ve Got
  3. Step Three: Use Resources More Efficiently
  4. Step Four: Shift Diets
  5. Step Five: Reduce Waste

Magnation Water Technologies can help with:

  • Step One: Reducing Agriculture’s Footprint by using less pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides, along with 10% less energy to pump water. This means less pollution not only by reducing inputs, but also by softer water entering the soil reducing surface runoff significantly.
  • Step Two: Grow More on Farms ~ with healthier water, improved soil conditions, and more vigorous plants, crop yield not only increases, but crop quality does too. And Livestock benefits include healthier animals with improved hydration and nutrient absorption, and improved disease resistance.
  • Step Three: Use Resources More Efficiently ~ every type of farming operation can benefit from using 20-30% less water, 10% less inputs, 10% less energy to move the water. Not to mention longer-lasting equipment and less maintenance due to less scale buildup. All with no added chemicals, energy, or maintenance.