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Fluid Journal : Fall 2013
From The Publishers The articles reported in this issue on basic research, coupled with field investigations on more effective ways to place fluid fertilizers on field crops, demonstrate how the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF) is investing in developing information that can be used by dealers, their grower customers, member companies, and the vast worldwide audience we reach on our website. No guessing here. These are electronic hits that tell us how many page views occur (we’re headed toward another 80,000 page-view year) as well as time spent on site. Our Research and Education Committee provides oversight on the selection of such research projects and guides the development of educational programs to promote more understanding of how to effectively use fluid fertilizers. The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Fall 2013 • Vol. 21, No. 4, Issue # 82 Investing in the Future “The FFF needs your support.” In this issue you will see an article from researchers at the University of Minnesota on enhancing continuous corn production using fluid starter combinations under high-residue conditions. A member company, J. R . Simplot Company describes its field work of increasing efficiency of sub-surface drip UAN applications. An article from Kansas State University provides a thorough look at improving corn/soybean yields with fluids. Our website (www.fluidjournal.org) also includes a “Download PDF” on the magazine cover that makes it possible to print out articles. Since 1982 the FFF has been dedicated in its efforts to disseminate such new information to the end user. Annually it invests funds generated by member companies to support field research such as you read here, conducted by both land grant colleges and university communities. Thus, your support is crucial not only to keeping these scientists working but also to training new ones, not to mention their work that is helping to improve yields and food quality to feed an ever-increasing world population. Annually, the FFF conducts Fluid Forums to update its members and the worldwide research community on the latest developments in field research to improve crop yields and efficiencies in applying nutrients. This coming February, it will be holding its 23rd Annual Fluid Forum meeting at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona from February 17 to 19, 2014. The Fluid Journal, flagship publication of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation (FFF), makes nearly two decades of archives available on its web site. The magazine investigates and informs its readers on innovative uses of fluid fertilizers under varied cultural, pest control, and water management practices, focusing on evaluating: the agronomics of fluid fertilizer in the production of maximum economic crop yields application techniques for fluid fertilizers the efficiencies and conveniences of fluid fertilizer systems methods of controlling environmental problems with fluids. Going on Twenty Years of Archives! Since its formation, the FFF has funded over $3 million in fluid fertilizer research and accumulated thousands of pages of research data. The main goal of the Fluid Journal is to transfer this technical information into easy-to- read form to its farmers and dealers. The Fluid Journal also provides links to its articles on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fluidjournal For information on how to become a member of the FFF, contact the foundation’s office at 785/776-0273 or the foundation’s website: http://www.fluidfertilizer.com
Late Spring 2013