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Fluid Journal : Early Spring 2011
12 The Fluid Journal Early Spring 2011 The innovation that brought us ﬂuid fertilizers was given birth in the early ‘50s. FFF Review: Tracking a Rich Legacy Using Fluid Technology for Next Generation of High Crop Yields The Fluid Journal • Ofﬁcial Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Early Spring 2011 • Vol. 19, No. 2, Issue #72 Dean Fairchild The golden years of fluid fertilizers began in the early '50s via the imagination and inventiveness of its early pioneering disciples and continue to this day through more than five decades of offering farmer customers the finest in technologies for growing more productive crops. The number of fluid dealers has grown nationwide, offering quality clear liquids, suspensions, and bulk blends. And the inventiveness did not just stop with the fertilizer itself. Floater applicators were conceived, designed, manufactured and supplied to provide swift, accurate, and efficient ways to apply fluids to both large and small fields. To unify and direct the new rising technology, its founders formed a central headquarters to spread the word, hold grower meetings, and help the industry market its fertilizer and soil fertility concepts. That central body is known today as the Fluid Fertilizer Figure 1. U.S and Iowa corn yields - 1950-2009