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Fluid Journal : Early Spring 2011
15 The Fluid Journal Early Spring 2011 This article is a paraphrase from a presentation given by Dean Fairchild, Mosaic agronomist, at the December 10, 2010 FFF TECHNOLOGY Conference. Since this article is written from a presentation the bullet points may not always be explained in detail. This presentation's goal was to generate enthusiasm for plant nutrition and fluid fertilizer product roles in high yield programs. For your use, please add your knowledge and experience to this article. Figure 3. K Nutrient balance map, Indiana. were below the critical level in zinc (Zn). Liquids/micros. Taking us to the next step of the right sources, fluid products have an advantage in coverage, placement, and timing in the application of secondary and micronutrients. Beware assumptions It is a fatal trap that can instill complacency and dilute a commodity fertilizer program rather than reinforcing it. Here are a few deadening false assumptions you should stay clear of: • Dad was well trained in the '70s on fertility so there's nothing new to learn, since new farm decision- makers already understand all there is needed to know about soil fertility and fertilization • Soil testing for field average is fine • It's simply too hot a time in the corn growing season to collect plant tissue samples • My customers are fine with 160 to 180 bu/A corn yields • High yield clubs are for the '80s and '90s • Farmers will not pay for helping transform information and data into crop production decisions. We could go on and on and on. Enough said.