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Fluid Journal : Late Spring 2013
3 The Fluid Journal Late Spring 2013 From The Publishers The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Late Spring 2013 • Vol. 21, No. 3, Issue # 81 Missing: we need to see the whole picture We live in a world of many issues, and one of them--often clamorous at times--is the environment. The intellect is too often fogged by emotions. Charges and countercharges are volleyed back and forth. Better to tone down our emotions and do a little better at listening (or reading in this case) as to what is really going on, which is the exact purpose of this particular issue of the Fluid Journal. The articles you’ll read represent actual field research designed to minimize fertilizer emissions, a broad overview of how our climate functions, and a comprehensive industry-wide program that has been designed to develop best management practices in the world of agriculture. Leading off is an article from a paper Dr. Ken Cassman presented at the 2012 Fluid Forum in Arizona that addresses concerns about food supply and climate changes that require management practices that maximize productivity of arable land while reducing negative environmental impact. Next is an article from a paper delivered at the same Forum by Dr. Ardell Halvorson on mitigation practices that can be exercised in the field to reduce N2O emissions in irrigated corn. Dr. Dennis Avery, an environmental economist and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C ., makes compelling arguments about how Mother Nature is the final arbiter on weather, providing a broad sweep of history on world temperatures and their effect on human behavior. Finally, Lara Moody of The Fertilizer Institute gives us a comprehensive look at a new way of stewardship for improving management of plant nutrition. It is called 4R Nutrient Stewardship program. She explains how many ag associations and governmental bodies are working collaboratively to impact industry fertilizer practices on both field production and the environment. These presentations are low-toned concerning a subject that is too often emotion-based. Here the intellect is at work on how to deal with problems that date back to the creation of this planet. Our thanks should be to people like this who want to address the environment with intellect and patience, two vitally important elements important to a sane and productive human history. Need more be said?
Early Spring 2013