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Fluid Journal : Spring 2014
Why Fluids? Dale Leikam The benefits have everything to do with improved crop yields, crop quality, environmental stewardship, and profitability - that’s why. JOURNAL Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation Fluid Spring 2014 • Vol. 22, No. 2, Issue #84 ARTICLES THE FLUID JOURNAL - MISSION The Fluid Journal is published by the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation. The FFF is a non-profit organization committed to researching and providing information about fluid fertilizer technology. Since its formation, the FFF has funded over $3 million in fluid fertilizer research. We have 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 farmers and dealers so they may be better informed as to the technological advancements that the fluid fertilizer industry has achieved. FOCUS The Fluid Journal is focused on disseminating fluid fertilizer technology to universities, dealers, equipment manufacturers and fertilizer producers. Our editorial matter focuses on several areas: • Evaluate the agronomics of fluid fertilizers in the production of maximum economic crop yields • Evaluate application techniques for fluid fertilizers. • Investigate and inform our readers of innovative uses of fluid fertilizers under varied cultural, pest control and water management practices. • Evaluate the efficiencies and conveniences of fluid fertilizer systems. • Evaluate methods of controlling environmental problems with fluids. Raun Lohry, chair Tom Fairweather Missy Bauer Mark Alley Brian Banks David Benefield Sebastian Braum Carl Bruice Ariana Cohen Ed Corrigan Don Couvillion Tom Doerge Bill Easterwood Dean Fairchild Tom Gerecke John Griffin John Hassell David Hernandez Roy Hildebrand Gabrielle Lucchesi Ray McDonald Robert (Rob) Mikkelsen Galen Mooso Larry Murphy Michael Orr Kim Polizotto Alan Robinett Mike Stewart Leon Stites Dave Thomas Kenneth L. Washburn, Jr. Nyle Wollenhaupt Herbert L. Woolsey Dennis Zabel FLUID FERTILIZER FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman Steve Keller Board Kim Coker Neil Dolson Bill Easterwood Paul Fixen Curtis Harbach Rex Hopkins John Guglielmi Ed Krysl Raun Lohry Jason Kubik Tim McArdle Wes McCoy Steve Meyerholz Todd Minnihan Larry Murphy Don Pottinger Brad Riley Larry Sanders Julian Smith Terry Tindall Steve Weiner D.J . Willard, Jr. FLUID JOURNAL Editor Ned van Buren PERMISSIONS Permission to copy, quote, or reprint is hereby granted without express written permission of the publisher provided that the content is not altered and proper recognition is given to the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation and the author. Notice of the copyright must appear on the title or copyright page of the work as follows: “From: Fluid Journal Vol. (Number): Pages, © Fluid Fertilizer Foundation.” For some electronic media there may not be page numbers. From the Publishers Dr. Bill Easterwood Fluid formulations require select chemical principles. Page 3 What About P Fluids in Strongly P-sorbing Soils? Ms. Daniela Montalvo, Dr. Fien Degryse, and Dr. Mike J. McLaughlin Tests are showing that P nutrition is still a challenge in acidic high P-fixing soils. Page 9 Dale Leikam Ed Krysl Raun Lohry Terry Tindall Tom Fairweather Editorial Advisory Board Julian Smith Larry Murphy Bill Easterwood Missy Bauer Managing Editors Page 4 23rd Annual Fluid Forum Gathers at New Location Capacity crowd assembles at Talking Stick Resort to hear leading researchers. Founder Bill Lohry Page 7 Page 13 Low Salt NPK Fluids Drs. Terry Tindall and Galen Mooso Yields were impressive, with over a 3-ton (65% moisture) improvement over GSP averages.