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Fluid Journal : Late Spring 2012
Chemical mfg. Nor should we overlook nor underestimate the advancements of the chemical companies in producing products that control weeds and insects without harming crops and are environmentally friendly. Weeds and insects have always been the scourge of agriculture. Weeds and insects steal nutrients and water meant for crops. Increased yields from these compounds should not be underestimated. Equipment mfg. Then there are the farm equipment manufacturers that made it possible to change from using the muscles of horses and men to till the soil and harvest crops. Farmers once were required to grow 20 percent more crops just to feed their horses. Because of the breadth of their horses they had to plant corn in 40-inch rows. That meant farmers could only plant about 10 or 12 thousand plants. With the advent of improved tractors and equipment to turn over prairie soils, prepare the seed beds, and plant in 20- or 30-inch rows, farmers could plant from 25,000 to as much as 40,000 • We developed a continuous, high- volume processing that reduced our costs per ton. • TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) scientists developed concentrated super acid. This allowed us to produce grades that contained polyphosphates and allowed zinc and other necessary nutrients to dissolve in the end product--a higher analysis 10-34-0 • We changed our selling program. Dry fertilizer was often broadcast on the surface of the soil. We concentrated on the practices of using fluid “starter” fertilizer. Fluid starter was banded next to the seed at planting time. Since the band was next to the roots, we could obtain the same (or more) yield increase in crops as if 16-48-0 was broadcast on top of the soil! We used this advantage at all of our meetings. The result: our products were competitive! Because of the above reasons, our businesses mushroomed, grew, and prospered. The ingenuity of free enterprise won again! plants per acre. The result: they began harvesting 160 to 250 bushels of corn an acre, compared to about 40 bushels per acre in 1950 (Figure 1). The biggest difference at harvest time, when corn used to be hand picked, was the arrival of the combines that can harvest as much as 5,000 bushels per hour, compared to 100 bushels per day per man back in the old days! Conservation till Today, the moldboard plow is destined for the grave. We found it oxidizes (destroys) organic matter, and even more important, exposes the soil to erosion from wind and rain. In its place is conservation tillage. Today, conservation-till has changed the way farmers prepare a seed bed. It uses residue to protect the soil from erosion. The world of agriculture, truly, is an ever-evolving business. We know not what wonders await us tomorrow. For certain, my dad, with abundant help from many associates (and friends) did much to bring the fluid revolution and its miracles into today’s agriculture. Dr. Lohry is President of Nutra-Flo Company in Sioux City, IA, and a member of the FFF Board of Directors. CHELATE 10XL combines the benefits of 2 powerful chelating agents, EDTA and Citric Acid, creating the perfect balance to deliver maximum nutrition to the plant. learn more at: www.nulex.com Visit your Nulex Distributor or contact a sales representative at 800-831-4815
Early Spring 2012