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Midwest Soil Health Summit

January 20, 2015
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota will be doing it again. On Feb. 18 & 19, 2015, they are presenting the second annual Midwest Soil Health Summit at Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, MN. Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Harvest, Healthy Animals and People.

I have a list of 14 or 15 doctors that have stated that most of our health issues are caused by the lack of proper minerals in our diet.

One doctor experimented with many mice, injecting them with live breast cancer cells. Dividing them into two groups, one group he fed wheat that was grown, fertilized and sprayed like we grow corn here. The first generation of that group, 85-90% got cancer. The second group he fed wheat grown with fertilizer that contained optimum amounts of all minerals; no acids and no spraying. The first generation of that group, 55-60% had cancer.

In the second generation of the first group again it was 85-90% having cancer. The second group, second generation 2%. Healthy soil can be attained if we work at it.

Tomatoes grown on healthy organic soil shows the most improvement of any vegetable. The iron content of organic grown tomato was 1938, but an inorganic grown tomato tested 1.0.

A tomato grown on healthy soil and the plant checked for health by a refractometer and the plant proven healthy, you can pick a tomato from that plant and if the tomato is not injured it will never spoil. Dehydrate, yes -- but spoil, no. The individual that worked with a refractometer and developed healthy soil. He loved to grow watermelon and won top prize at a county fair three years in a row. He used the same watermelon all three years.

One of the speakers will be Gabe Brown, the North Dakota farmer that produced his corn in 2013 at a cost of $1.42 per bu. In 2014 Gabe produced his corn at a cost of about $1.70 per bu (I think). He harvests maybe 25 to 30 bu per acre more than the county average.

I've heard him speak and show slides once. It is interesting to see how he pastures around 1,000 head of cattle in the summer, and 700 in the winter, thereby hauling very little manure to the fields or very little feed to the farmstead.

To attend the summit, we from Iowa, it will cost us $150.00. For more information call myself at 852-2593 or Jason Walker at 612-605-9269. You can register at For a room at Arrowwood call 320-762-1124.

(signed) Marvin R. Duhn

Emmetsburg, IA



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