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Fluid Journal : Fluid Journal 2008-2009
20 Fluid Journal WI NTER 2008 MATT EVANS Farmers continue to increase their use of fluid fertilizers in South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA), the main focus turned on the application of fluid nitrogen. R&D has been impressive enough to lure more and more growers into investigating the benefits of using fluid nitrogen (N) fertilizers over granular N fertilizers to improve crop yields and quality, and identify any knowledge gaps via further R&D. Adoption of fluid N is predicted to further increase in WA because the cost of using fluid N fertilizer is only marginally higher than solid fertilizers (such as urea). A Look At The Rise Of Fluid Fertilizers In Australia R&D is paving the way by introducing and attracting more and more producers to the benefits of fluids over granular. South Australia Western Australia Research also has shown the benefits of fluid phosphorus (P), reporting more efficient uptake and improved yields of wheat on calcareous soils. If consistent benefits can be found on low pH soils with high iron and aluminum levels, which usually lower the availability of soil P, the use of fluid P will expand further, the main areas being SA, Victoria, and small parts of WA. Fluid N Effect on grain yield. In trials conducted in WA, fluid N and granular urea were applied at two Australia
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