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Fluid Journal : Late Spring 2012
01 The Fluid Journal Late Spring 2012 FROM THE PUBLISHERS The advantages of fluid efficiencies. Over its 30 years the FFF has trumpeted the advantages of fluid fertilizer efficiencies and the multitude of research projects it has sponsored through university and other agency researchers. It has supported projects designed to evaluate N materials and methods of the application for a wide array of crops. The flexibility of fluid N application and the greater efficiency of surface or subsurface fluid bands (compared to broadcast applications of urea) are well documented in Fluid Journal articles on the website (www. fluidjournalonline.com) for use with your customers. That was the big message at this year’s Fluid Forum held annually in February that included discussions on fluid fertilizer’s role in sustaining soils, nitrogen management, improving yields, evaluations of foliar nitrogen, and a whole host of other subjects by leading agronomists from the United States and around the world. Additional programs And it doesn’t end there. Throughout the year the FFF provides other educational meetings and programs addressing among other things: • Fluid technologies • Agronomics • Plant operations • Regulatory issues. The location and timing of these educational meetings and programs are dependent upon the FFF membership’s needs and announced during the year. Ongoing research Each year the FFF works with leading research teams on the development of innovative fertilization programs and continued improvement in crop yields. This information has provided vital information on: • Preplant surface banding of UAN and UAN + APP (strip application • Subsurface banding (N, NP, etc. • Value of starter fertilizer application • Importance of S in starters • Value of high N starters • Fertigation of N, P, K, S, and other nutrients • Importance of even distribution within the band • Soil reaction products of applied ortho- and polyphosphates • Fluid lime suspensions • Foliar nutrient applications • Effectiveness of split N applications • Benefits of fluid fertilizer placement. Extensive archives In the Fluid Journal online archives, you’ll find articles dating back 20 years that include: • Better early-season plant growth under stress conditions associated with reduced-till and early planting dates, emphasizing the need for complete analysis starters for higher yields and profits • Placement of some of crop’s N and S with side-banded starter, protecting yield potential by avoiding early-season N deficiencies, particularly in corn • Improved efficiencies of P, K , and S and micronutrients via band applications. Much more This but scratches the surface of the information available on our website witnessing to the valuable contribution fluid fertilizers have made to the world of agriculture. Nor does not take into account the valuable data that will be accumulated in future research gathered in the coming years by the FFF and made available to an awaiting and hungry world.
Early Spring 2012