Magnation unit testing by Scott Borman and Green Valley Farms, Harvest Year: 2014
I am writing this to let you know the testing results of the magnation unit. I put a 6″ flanged Magnation unit on the bottom of a trash can and ran our corn seed and soybean seed through the unit right before it went into the planter. Here are the results of my findings.
Corn: I didn’t see any difference in emergence time, but I did notice the plants on the 8 treated rows were a little taller. During the growing season we would scout the field and see if I noticed any difference. Didn’t notice much difference through the growing season, but when you get 30″ plus of rain it’s pretty hard to see a difference out there.
In doing some root digs in various spots on this 80 acre piece of ground I noticed that the root mass was bigger on the seed that was magnetized compared to the one that wasn’t. Lets fast forward to harvest. Picked 8 rows of treated seed and weighed it and picked 8 rows of non-treated. We picked up a little shy of 1/2 a bushel and acre just by running the seed through the Magnation unit. This was not just in one spot of the field. We checked multiple times and we were right in that 1/2 bushel an acre increase. I also noticed the stalk quality was better on the treated plant than the untreated.
So in my conclusion on running corn seed through Magnation’s units is this… If you have purchased a unit for irrigation, you just as well utilize it on your seed to get more bang for your buck and have healthier plants.
Soybeans: We treated the soybeans the same. Ran one box through the Magnation unit and just dumped one box into the planter. Side by side on about 95 acres. My planter operator didn’t flag where he started at, so test was kind of non-determined. But, the neighbor who bought a Magnation unit ran his soybeans through the Magnation unit and did a side by side. Pulled some plants and noticed more root nodules than the untreated seed. Probably double than the untreated. This brings us to harvest. There was a 3.3 bushels to the acre increase just by running the soybean seed through the Magnation unit.
Sprayer: I put a 2″ unit on my John Deere sprayer. Sprayed my 32% on the corn ground, sprayed a pre-emerge on the beans. Sprayed my herbicide and glyphosate on the corn when it was 6″ tall. Then sprayed beans with glyphosate and foliar blend. Results are this: There are a lot of variables in spraying… wind, heat, humidity and water. I mixed no ams [ammonium sulfate] in my spray and noticed the best weed control I have seen. I sprayed some Volunteer corn on a Friday at 12 in the afternoon and by 9 am the next day it was turning silver and dying—a positive thing when it happens so quickly. Also when spraying I noticed the tank mix that I was spraying wasn’t drifting. I could run faster with more pressure less drift covering more acres.”
Thanks for a great product to help increase my bottom line on our farming operation. Cannot wait to do some more experiments with it this next year.
Another Nebraska Farmer writes:
“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
The map above is a yield map taken from Mr. Fintel’s combine monitor in Superior, Nebraska. The red box indicates where the testing took place, at a diagonal angle to assure the data was specific to this test. Every other row was treated with Magnation’s Seed Maximizer. 6.29 acres was treated, and 6.29 acres was untreated. The green is the higher yield, the yellow the lower yield. Untreated seeds yielded 55.1 bushels an acre. The Magnation-treated seeds yielded 58.58 bushels an acre. Magnation boosted 3.48 extra bushels per acre. Currently soybeans are $9.50 a bushel, earning an extra $33.06 an acre.