Texas A & M Study
Summary of Study – Texas A&M University Extension service conducted a preliminary laboratory test to determine the effect of RainDrops™ on the amount of water retained in clay and sandy loam soils, and a comprehensive greenhouse study to determine how RainDrops™ affected the availability of water to Impatiens plants.
Findings – RainDrops™, mixed with irrigation water, delayed the onset of wilting in Impatiens plants by 20 to 28 hours in the clay soil, and by 40 hours in a sandy loam soil. This was equivalent to extending the amount of time between irrigations by 14% in the clay soil and by 35% in the sandy loam soil.
After the conclusion of the greenhouse study, John J. Sloan, Ph.D.,
provided this statement –
“Based on my research, I believe that RainDrops™ is a safe
and beneficial product to use for vegetable crop production.”
– John J. Sloan Ph.D
California Vineyard Trial
Summary of Trial – In 2010, a field trial was conducted to compare the effects that RainDrops™ and two “competitive” products had on soil moisture levels when combined with irrigated water.
First, the moisture levels on each row were equalized. Then, the first irrigation was applied with each product added in with a fertigator pump. After 12 days, a second irrigation was applied, this time no products were added.
- Increased soil moisture by 45%
- Rapid root absorption
- 20% increase in soil moisture 12 days from initial application.
- Increased moisture retention between irrigation cycles.
CA Almond – Quade Study (2011)
Summary of Trial – Quade Consulting of California, conducted the 8 week study on almond trees to determine if RainDrops™ would benefit almond producers facing reduced watering allocations and drought. Four variables were used on three separate test sites.
- 50% irrigation
- 50% irrigation with RainDrops™
(same stress level as 100% irrigation)
- 100% irrigation
- 100% irrigation with RainDrops™
A pressure bomb was used to asses the amount of stress the trees experienced throughout the trial. A pressure bomb uses compressed air to force sap of a leaf sample out through the stem. The less pressure required to do so, indicates less stress on the plant.
California Grower Trial
+300K acres of Western crops* & turf have benefited from RainDrops™ applications either solo or in combination with nutritional programs.
*Permanent Irrigation Systems: Almonds, Pistachios, Fresh & Cannery Tomatoes, Alfalfa, Potatoes, Melons and Grapes: Wine, Table and Raisins.
RainDrops™ has been the subject of multiple research studies showing its effectiveness in a variety of situations. Read complete research reports below.