It was an excited, almost frantic, call in 1988 from Joe Wipf in South Dakota. "We are in the midst of a severe drought and I have never seen such a stark contrast between our corn fields and the neighbors. You must come and see it." Wendell Owens, on the other end of the phone, had worked with Joe as a fertility advisor for the previous two years. That same day he hopped into his pickup and drove to South Dakota...what he saw was truly amazing.
I want to tell you the amazing, true story of my friend Duane Headings. Like many others in his generation, Duane is on a mission to grow and market the highest quality produce possible. In his first year of marketing strawberries, Duane consistently raised strawberries 3 to 4 brix points higher than commercially produced strawberries. Brix are measured by a refractometer which is a mechanical taste tester. How did Duane achieve this?
Soil is a marvelous and complex part of creation. Soil has been meticulously studied and written about from many perspectives. The optimum food supply for people and animals should be grown on mineralized soil. This type of soil isn’t to be found—it is crafted.
Amazing Breakthrough in Foliar Plant Nutrition Part I - Case Study
Dwayne Bowman had a problem. Actually he had two. As a recent transplant from Ohio to the fruit tree region of Washington, and with no prior experience, his first job was to manage a large orchard producing apples and cherries. As Dwayne recounts “My wife knew more about fruit trees than I did when I got the job.”