University of Idaho Study

University of Idaho Study

29 December 2000

In 2021 the University of Idaho conducted a study to determine the impact of using magnetically influenced water for irrigation.

A few of the study objectives were defined as:

1. Determine the impact of magnetic treatment on surface sealing and seedling emergence of sugar beets.
2. Measure differences in surface runoff and depth of water infiltrated due to magnetic treatment.
3. Measure differences in sugar beet yield and quality due to magnetic treatment.


The study followed strict university  protocols including six replications of treatment and control zones.

The study was designed and overseen by Dr. Howard Neibling, P.E. Extension Water Management Engineer University of Idaho and Jhonnathan Plascencia INBRE intern, College of Southern Idaho .

  Dr Howard Neibling inspecting setup.


The study found that Magnetically influenced water produced the following impacts relative to the Control treatment:

  • Increased sugar beet seedling emergence rates and corresponding increase in beet yield
  • Increased throw distance from impact sprinklers
  • Increase in soil infiltration and decrease in soil Calcium levels
  • Reduced drift (wind skip)
  • Additional benefits listed in Study Findings Report…

MTW = Magnetically Treated Water, ET = EvapoTranspiration rate, or recommended irrigation rate.

Magnetically Treated Water (MTW) yielded higher than the control in every test performed.

Infiltration and soil moisture comparison

‘Control’ pushed water approximately 16″ deep and below that the moisture fell below the plant wilting point.  The Magnetically treated water pushed water much deeper with higher moisture content. Ideal solution for pushing salts from the root zone or, creates an opportunity to cut back on irrigation to achieve ideal moisture using less water.

The full Study Report can be found on our Documentation Page here

Narrative of findings narrated by Dr Howard Neibling can be found here:

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