I have a custom module with its own table which saves the date inside the column named date_to.

I am trying to access the values from only this column but when I load the collection and call getData('date_to') I get the whole collection and not just the date_to column.

Here is what I have tried so far:

$date = Mage::getModel('namespace_modulename/tablename')->getData('date_to');


When I do print_r($date); I get the whole collection even though I have specified in parenthesis the I only want the date_to column values.

I know I'm missing out an important piece and would like for some help please.

  • try getDateTo() like Mage::getModel('namespace_modulename/tablename')->getDateTo() Commented May 28, 2015 at 17:08
  • @TimHallman thaks for your input, I get null returned when I use getDateTo() even though there are values in that colum... Commented May 28, 2015 at 17:17
  • @TimHallman yes, I get an error Call to undefined method Namespace_Module_Model_Resource_Custom_Data_Collection::getDateTo() Commented May 28, 2015 at 17:32
  • So when you do echo '<pre>';print_r($date);echo '</pre>'; do you see the date_to object or method? Commented May 28, 2015 at 17:38
  • @TimHallman Yes I get the object, namespace_modulename/tablename [_resourceModel:protected] => date_to [_resource:protected] Commented May 28, 2015 at 18:33

2 Answers 2


Thanks for the help, I had to loop over the collection like below:

$date = Mage::getModel('namespace_modulename/tablename');

$collection = $date->getCollection();
foreach($collection as $date_to){
  • can i write this code on controller file Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 12:34

Try doing

$date = Mage::getModel('namespace_modulename/tablename')->load($id);


where $id is the primary key.

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