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Fluid Journal : Fall 2015
3 The Fluid Journal Fall 2015 This issue of the Fluid Journal magazine continues to do what it has done for its 22 years: report on the multitude of ways fluid fertilizers continue to lead the way in advancing the cause of agriculture: to increase crop yields and quality. Researchers within our universities and agriculturists, who manage our increasingly abundant farm fields, continue their search for better ways to increase crop yields and report their findings to an awaiting world. In 1949 the average corn yield was 38.2 bu/A and by 2013 it was 158.2 bu/A with some researchers today reporting as high as ???? bu/A. Fluid fertilizers have played a key role in achieving this yield improvement in a world with an ever- increasing population, now topping 7 billion compared to 813 million in 1800. The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) is dedicated to playing its part in financially supporting these research projects, totaling some $2.3 million over 18 years. An article by Dr. Julian Smith in this issue covers a history of the FFF and The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Fall 2015 • Vol. 23, No. 4, Issue #90 Moving on Ahead its birth through the National Fertilizer Solutions Association (NFSA). He gets into the basics of how the NFSA was formed to advance the concept and advantages of fluid fertilizers and why, over the years, it also decided to form the FFF. Dr. Smith further describes the meaningful accomplishments of the FFF in advancing the fluid concept and the values it continues to pass on to the world of agriculture. An article by Dr. Terry Tindall, describes the role and advantages of fluid fertilizers in drip irrigation, explaining the importance of timing of fluid fertigation injections to effectively improve plant development and yields. He further explains how drip irrigation is helping to expand limited water supplies while still remaining economically viable. Potassium partitioning in cotton is an article about research, led by Dr. Derrick Oosterhuis, that shows how K partitioning decreased in leaves and increased productive components over the growing season. Regardless of cultivar or K “FFF has played key role in achieving yield improvements worldwide” level, percent of total plant K in leaves increased significantly at each growth stage throughout the growing season. An article by Dr. Daniela Montalvo and associates at the University of Adelaide in Australia, on management of P nutrition in plants, shows that application of fluid P in calcareous soil is highly effective. The article also cautions to minimize the impacts of over-fertilization. These articles are substantive evidence of the value of fluid fertilizers in the world of agriculture. The accumulative knowledge contributed by university researchers and member companies has done much to advance the use of fluid fertilizers in producing crops to feed an ever-growing world population. ACT NOW! Write, call or e-mail the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation Phone: 785-776-0273 • E-mail: email@example.com Research and education for efficient use of fluids. The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation We need you to join hundreds of other growers, dealers, fertilizer manufacturers and other supporting industries JOIN IN THE SUPPORT OF THIS ORGANIZATION THAT DIRECTLY BENEFITS YOUR BUSINESS! Improving crop yields through fluids. From The Publishers