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Fluid Journal : Summer 2015
3 The Fluid Journal Summer 2015 From The Publishers We commented several years ago about transitions we’ve had with the Fluid Journal since its inception in 1993 from print to the internet. It has vastly expanded our audience to where we are read in 104 countries and regions throughout the world, introducing or informing a vast sea of readers on all the advantages of using fluid fertilizers to nourish crops to produce even higher yields. We don’t need to inquire of our readers by phone or mail about their interest in the proven value of applying fluid fertilizers to achieve higher crop yields as reported by university research and our vast dealership network. We know by electronic hits who our readers are, how long they stay on line, who are new and those who return regularly. But, now in our lead article, you will learn from our digital publishing consultant, Ken Cooper, how we have expanded beyond the internet so that you can carry the wisdom of the entire Fluid Journal and its archives via a The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Summer 2015 • Vol. 23, No. 3, Issue #89 Moving on Ahead search App that fits in your pocket. No longer are you confined to any particular location. You can be in a farm field or traveling by air and search the vast field of information within the Fluid Journal. And typical of that vast field are some penetrating articles in this issue of the Fluid Journal on subjects presented in February at this year’s FFF Fluid Forum at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. One covers an interesting study on the use of variable-rate seeding to manage in-field spatial variability. The study shows that relationship between plant population and yield follows a quadratic function where an optimal plant population can be applied to reach maximum yield. A higher level of fertility, “Moving ahead is our ever-enduring mission” such as phosphorus or higher organic matter content, can potentially indicate a higher seed rate. Another article covers closing yield gaps by reducing variables induced by weather and soil type. One study showed how when water was a non- limiting factor, yield variability was minimized and yield advantage, between farmer practice and use of a balanced approach, was maximized. It also demonstrated that closing sorghum yield gaps can be partially achieved when variability induced by weather and/or soil type is reduced. These are but a couple of examples of the valuable information passed on concerning the advantages of using fluid fertilizers in crop production. Moving ahead by finding more and better ways to reach agriculturists who can use valuable tips on raising more productive crops via the advanced technology of fluid fertilizers is our ever-enduring mission.