In this 2nd of three calls I interview my mentor and partner Dan Skow. Dr. Skow studied with Dr. Carey Reams for a decade and is widely considered as the Dean of the Reams-School of Agronomy. He has been teaching and promoting quality foods since the mid 70's. Dan has consulted on numerous crops around the world and has clearly seen the principles of Dr. Reams proven time and again. Dan is the founder of International Ag Labs and still maintains an active role though retirement is getting ever closer.

Dr. Skow will be speaking at the Call to Arms Seminar on the both days covering the subjects of the IAL soil test, plant growth and energy, and foliar fundamentals.

If you have some specific questions you would like Dr. Skow and I to address on this call please post them in the comments below. I will try to cover as many as possible.



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  • Guest - ryanvanderveen


    Thanks for offering the pre “Call to Arms” conference teleseminars, what a great way to lead into the conference in Shipshewana, IN.

    I have a couple of questions for call #2.

    1) I used too much compost in the garden, how do I lower the P&K levels?

    2) Can you explain the benefits of cover crops/ green manure in the high brix market garden? Specifically, the value of setting aside a portion of field for a growing season, dedicated to green manures.


    Ryan (Michigan)

  • After doing a plant tissue test, how do I determine what to apply in a foliar spray to assist my native grass?

    I do soil testing each year and apply reccommended fertilizers, but my brix level still remains low: < 3%. How do I raise high brix grass so I can fattened my grass-fattened beef?

  • Guest - Beaner

    What are the correct Phosphate to Potassium ratios.

    I was under the impression it should be :

    Seed crops … 2 Phosphate to 1 Potassium
    Grass crops … 4 Phosphate to 1 potassium

    If I heard correctly in the recording, Dr. Skow says :

    Seed crops … 1 Phosphate to 1 Potassium
    Grass crops … 2 phosphate to 1 potassium

    Can you please clarify .