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Fluid Journal : Early Spring 2012
Early Spring 2012 The Fluid Journal 16 highly motivated innovators who were creating a new industry---the fluid fertilizer industry. This wasn't "stealing" but was the SHARING of ideas among 20 or 30 innovative and selfless fluid fertilizer dealers who gave birth to a new industry. What a stroke of luck for me to be accepted into such a group---thanks to De. Ed Krysl It was 1965 when the NFSA became of interest to me. At the NFSA Convention that year there were several gentlemen who took me under their wings. Being able to learn from them was an inspiration. These men were Bill Lohry of Nutra Flo Co., Harry Melton of Tri-County Chemical, Walter Colvin of Allied Chemical, Richard Kenyon of Phillips Petroleum, Ben McCollum of J.R. Simplot, and Don Humphrey of Flo-Lizer. Learning from these experts assisted me and the company I worked for, Kerley Chemical, in obtaining business from many companies, which includes the aforementioned. When the FFF separated from the NFSA, I played a role in the creation of one of Bill Lohry's dreams: the Fluid Journal. He wanted a magazine that would be dedicated to publishing liquid fertilizer research that could be used by the farmer customer. This magazine is now in its twentieth year of educating its readers about fluid fertilizers. It has been my privilege to serve on the NFSA board of directors two terms, and as its president in 1974, the FFF's board over a period of 12 years and the FFF board's chair two times. What a great ride it has been to be associated with so many splendid pioneers of the fluid world. Glen Brandt I feel very privileged to have been a part of the fluid fertilizer business for close to 60 years. The associations with the FFF and the National Fertilizer Solutions Association have been beneficial for the exchange of ideas and with the help of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have made this a great industry. Even though we have come a long way and created and discovered new concepts, I feel personally that we have only scraped the surface. With the genetic engineering of our crops, combined with concepts of agricultural practices, we still have more to learn. I have seen more change in the last 10 years than the previous 50---most all for the good. As we continue to work together through the FFF, we will perfect innovations and strategies and continue to conquer the unknown. Julian Smith My employment in the fluid fertilizer business has closely mirrored the existence of the FFF from its inception to the present day. When I left graduate school to join JW Chafer Company in England, one of my mentors was then Technical Director, Derek Palgrave whom I soon found out was an avid contributor to the NFSA. He introduced me to the world of the North American fluid fertilizer industry. It was in 1982 when we learned about the FFF. Long story made short, we became founder members. Through the '80s I was lucky to meet with many industry leaders including Bill Lohry, Glen Brandt, Hovey and Scott Tinsman, Harry Melton, De Willard, Waddy Garrett, Ed Krysl, and many others. Significantly, I also met and collaborated with the top researchers of the day. Over the years, the FFF has contributed immensely to industry/research relationships and continues to do so to this day. In those early days such collaboration helped provide fluid application equipment for researchers, hitherto fairly rare in research establishments---thus propelling the FFF's growth. I've also been privileged to serve as NFSA/ FFF research director following Dr. Jim Bachelor and, after leaving that position, now work with Brandt Consolidated, Inc., another strong FFF contributor. Since 1991, I've also served on the FFF's board of directors, serving twice as its chair. Harry Melton The FFF was founded in 1982. At that time, research by TVA and many universities was being decreased. There was, however, a keen interest in agronomic research to show the benefits of fluid fertilizers and their most efficient use---a role the newly founded Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) could fulfill (e.g., proper use of nitrogen solutions, the importance of timing- placement, proper concentrations of NPK, starter fertilizers, high N starters, etc.). Such research has increased sales of UAN, ATS, starters, strip applications, and many other products such as polyphosphates. We need additional research to help market fluid fertilizers in a competitive market. I could not have achieved success without the research sponsored by the National Fluid Fertilizer Association (NFSA) through its FFF. By implementing FFF research studies made on fertilizer placement and timing, I was able to show many of my farmer customers how to produce corn more efficiently with a system dubbed "strip/ starter/split." I owe much to the FFF for its assist in getting my marketing messages across. Keith Erny As a pioneer in the fertilizer industry and promoter of liquid fertilizer, beginning in 1958, it has been very fulfilling being associated with and serving an organization dedicated not only to fluids but also innovation within the industry as a whole. The opportunity to interact with other individuals who are dedicated to innovation in agriculture comes only with organizations like the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation. The FFF exists as an extension of those who believe first that research is critical to the success of agriculture and, subsequently, that fluids play a critical role in that success. De Willard I have many fine memories over the years of experiences with the FFF. Working with Bill Lohry, Hovey and Scott Tinsman, Harry Melton, Ed Krysl, Waddy Garrett, Kim Coker, and others was a great opportunity for me. Scott Tinsman served as president the first year and I had the honor of serving as president the second year. Originally the FFF was owned by the NFSA and as the years went by, Bill Lohry, myself, and others pushed very hard to have the FFF become a separate entity. I can still remember the day that we achieved the goal of becoming independent. If memory serves me correctly, we were in Kansas City and I remember coming down the elevator at the conclusion of the meeting where Bill Lohry and I had negotiated an agreement to separate the FFF from the ARA. Bill was very excited and remarked about the Rodney Dangerfield line of "not getting any respect" and said that "now we can get respect." Bill Lohry was one of my mentors and he worked many tireless hours for the betterment of the FFF. In particular, his pet project was the magazine. After 30 years in existence, I feel fortunate to have been associated with such a great group of people.
Late Spring 2012