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Fluid Journal : Fall 2016
1 The Fluid Journal Fall 2016 The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Fall 2016 • Vol. 23, No. 4, Issue #94 From The Publishers 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! In a Fluid Journal article in the Fall of 2015 issue, Dr. Julian Smith penned an article that reviewed the history of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) and pointed to some of the prior research funded by the contributions of the Foundation (“Benefits of the FFF: a history trip is in order”). He pointed to a few examples of this earlier work, which included multi-nutrient starters (NPKS and Zn), fertilizer additives such as nitrapyrin, DCD, NBPT, etc., split N regimes in multiple crops, weed N’ feed, chelated micronutrients, resolution of late K deficiency in cotton, and many other components of high-yield systems in agriculture. He pointed out that the work continues with the FFF funding new projects each and every year that focus on high-yield, economically viable, and environmentally sensitive research. One of the comments we have received from our members in recent years is that while there is a great deal of research knowledge that the Foundation has accumulated over the years, it has been somewhat difficult to quickly and efficiently reference this material. At the same time, it has been difficult to locate papers and presentations of various FFF educational events. These papers and presentations addressed both agronomic and technical issues important to the fluid industry. Until recently, FFF resources were distributed across three websites and it was, in fact, oftentimes difficult to navigate these sites and retrieve all of the content applicable to the crop production and fluid fertilizer industries. In response to these issues, the FFF Board of Directors committed the financial resources needed to modernize and consolidate our websites in July 2015. As a result, the Foundation contracted with an innovation/design consultant, Ken Cooper to design and develop an efficient web presence for the Foundation on various desktop and mobile platforms (smartphones and tablets). After a year of working with the Foundation to identify our strengths, needs, and preferences, we have implemented a brand new website that will address the issues detailed earlier and provide additional features beneficial for FFF members. I would encourage everyone to visit the new website (fluidfertilzer.org) link and explore its features and functions. The ‘Search’ function searches all FFF information, including Fluid Journal articles, newsletters, technical articles, various meeting presentations, Fluid Forum proceedings, FFF research projects, FFF related events, newly implemented blogged articles and other FFF information--presenting this information lightning fast. Additionally, two discussion boards have been added to provide additional information on agronomics and fertilizer plant operational issues. And additional functionality will be added as development continues. Dr. Smith wrapped up his earlier referenced article with the following: “Many companies in this business owe their products to the pioneers and pioneering research of the FFF. A little dose of history would help. Moreover, the FFF remains a fruitful source of cutting edge research to provide strong product and technique benefit statements and an outstanding forum for agronomic and production information. We couldn’t agree more. The current crop of FFF research projects and the vastly improved functionality of our new web presence will be an important part of continuing this legacy in the future.