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Fluid Journal : Winter 2011
FROM THE PUBLISHERS Remembering Dr. Dan Walters 03 The Fluid Journal Winter 2011 Agriculture and the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) lost a friend and prolific researcher in the passing of Dr. Dan Walters of the University of Nebraska, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Dan, as he was known to most of us, was a leader of an intensive crop management research project at the University that was supported from its inception and for many years afterward by the FFF. That study, headed by Dr. Walters and colleagues Drs. Keith Cassman, Achim Dobermann, and others, and officially entitled "Ecological Intensification of Irrigated Maize-Based Cropping Systems," produced some amazing insights into the yield capacities of both corn and soybeans and demonstrated that high-yield production does indeed benefit soil productive capabilities. Dr. Walters and his colleagues produced information (see page 4 this issue of the Fluid Journal) that led to the development of a corn productivity model Hybrid-Maize that accurately predicts the effects of environment and production inputs on corn yields. The model continues to develop and its use has spread around the globe. The successes of their work quickly spun off other large projects that greatly benefited students of the University of Nebraska and indeed impacted the agricultural economy of the State and region. Besides being a highly productive researcher, Dr. Walters gave freely of his time to the education of students, producers, and agricultural businessmen and women in many areas of the United States. Specifically, his participation in Fluid Fertilizer Schools in Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Texas is indicative of his willingness to share information and stimulate discussions on how crop yields can be increased and producers' profitability improved. His congeniality and willingness to assist in such educational efforts far beyond his day-to-day responsibilities are an indication of the scope of his vision "Dr. Walters, a friend and prolific researcher..." for research and the dissemination of information. All of us who had the opportunity to interact with this fine man miss his infectious grin and friendship. Dan, our friend, you are fondly remembered! Dr. Larry Murphy, President of the FFF, 1998 to 2008
Early Spring 2011