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Fluid Journal : Spring 2016
4 The Fluid Journal Spring 2016 Bill Easterwood Two-day forum impressive in showing the many advantages of using fluid fertilizer to improve crop yields. 25th Fluid Forum Provides Broad Range of Research The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Spring 2016 • Vol. 24, No. 2, Issue #92 The attendees to the 25th Fluid Forum sponsored by the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, composed of dealers, ag researchers for universities, the USDA- ARS, and ag people gathered from the United States and overseas, were treated to the latest field research showing how fluid fertilizers improve crop yields. The information-filled sessions were led by leading researchers, both in the U.S. and overseas, funded in their projects by the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas. Capacity audiences viewed and listened to two days of the latest developments in improving crop yields via the use of fluid fertilizers. Opening the first session Monday afternoon was an hour-long delivery by Dr. Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS, who spoke on Fitting Nutrient Management into the G x E x M Concept to Enhance ▼ DOWNLOAD Productivity. The opening day session wrapped up with a review of Methodologies for Determining Salt-out Temperatures, delivered by Dr. Michael Hojjatie of Tessenderlo-Kerley. That evening, the FFF board of directors sponsored a reception in the Fire Garden Atrium, treating a crowd of guests, attending speakers, and members of the FFF’s board of directors and Research Committee, plus personnel associated with managing the FFF and their guests, to a broadly multi-tabled array of gourmet delights. Day two opened with a Buffet Breakfast, followed later by an opening session delivery by Dr. Jim Schepers, USDA-ARS on the Subject of Crop Yield and N Management Models: The Promise and Pitfalls. This was followed by a broad array of subjects by five speakers, among them a second-year study entailing potassium fertilization for southern cotton, another on assessments of the potential for drip irrigation, a third on evaluations of sidedress applications, and a fourth on balanced nutrition and closing yield gaps. The session closed with use of fluid sources of potassium. Following this was the Annual Meeting and Awards of the FFF, which includes a multi-course luncheon, followed by an annual report concerning FFF business, including Board of Directors reports. Recognition was given by Board Chair Terry Tindall to those members who “Capacity crowds viewed impressive results on how fluids improve yields.”