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Fluid Journal : Winter 2012
The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation small but important steps in introducing new technologies into their area and properly impact their customers. Through the Center for International Potato Development (CIPD) we talked about fertilizer use (including fluids), placement, timing, as well as the use of additives in potato production in North America. Both the presenters as well as those in the business of making recommendations for local growers had an opportunity to learn and share knowledge as well as provide ideas on improvements that could be made. Slope farming. We later visited with Mesias Almonacid who was farming on slopes of greater than 30 percent at a lower elevation but still above 10,000 feet. He works his soil all in one direction (plowing at an angle that would make most producers cringe). He uses improved varieties, proper fertilizer rates and timing of application, plus crop protectants and rich soil. Within a ten- year period he has raised his yields from 9 tons/ha to almost 100 tons/ha. Is he content? Hardly. "I'm still interested in knowledge and techniques that would allow me to improve my operations," he says. All of his fertilizer use, planting, spraying, and harvesting is done by hand and villagers who depend on Mesias for local work. A better way? When I first traveled to developing countries, my thoughts were on how efficiencies could be improved with machines. Simply not so. Many countries have people that rely on manual labor--period. Peru is one of them. Displacing all of the work force with machines simply is not realistic at this time. However, this doesn't mean the introduction of new techniques and inputs that are easy to incorporate (e.g., improved genetics fluid fertilizers, crop protectants) can't be incorporated into their cropping systems. (A tractor or two and a harvester wouldn't hurt, either). Huasahuasi. We also visited Huasahuasi, which is the unique seed- potato producing area of Peru. This area has been producing seed-potatoes for centuries. It is remote, steep, and terraced. Each of the terraces is worked by hand with tools that have not changed for many years. However, the growers are interested in improvements related to varieties, fertilizer, crop protectants, ACT NOW! JOIN IN THE SUPPORT OF THIS ORGANIZATION THAT DIRECTLY BENEFITS YOUR BUSINESS! The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • 2805 Claflin Road, Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502 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. We need you to join hundreds of other growers, dealers, fertilizer manufacturers and other supporting industries including nematocides, which could be introduced as bio-fumigants and how they could be incorporated into production. The J. R. Simplot Company has a unique set of technologies that have been researched in cooperation with U of I. These technologies are being developed to improve lives of not only North American producers, but also make improvements in global settings like Peru. Our objective is to work out how, when, and where to introduce these products or plant materials as well as recommendations to make them more successful. We are interested in developing a unique set of products and materials to meet production goals of a global society. There is no more important business than providing improvements in worldwide food development. The Fluid Fertilizer Foundation and its member companies are dedicated to accomplishing these goals. Dr. Tindall is senior agronomist at J. R. Simplot Company, Boise, Idaho.
Early Spring 2012