99 episodes

CropTalk is a podcast dedicated to helping today’s agricultural business leaders find the foundational values that lead to success.

Whether you’re looking to learn from industry experts who have transformed their organizations, discover how a value-first mentality can improve your business, or simply figure out how to prioritize your leadership, this is the podcast for you.

Each episode features topics like: growing tips and tricks, farm leadership, company culture, employee management and empowerment, leadership development, future growth, mentoring, operational excellence, and more.

Let’s talk crops.

CropTalk Charlie McKenzie

    • Business

CropTalk is a podcast dedicated to helping today’s agricultural business leaders find the foundational values that lead to success.

Whether you’re looking to learn from industry experts who have transformed their organizations, discover how a value-first mentality can improve your business, or simply figure out how to prioritize your leadership, this is the podcast for you.

Each episode features topics like: growing tips and tricks, farm leadership, company culture, employee management and empowerment, leadership development, future growth, mentoring, operational excellence, and more.

Let’s talk crops.

    99. #KyleTalksAgTech: Rockin Grodan Rockwool Substrates w/ Austin Smith

    99. #KyleTalksAgTech: Rockin Grodan Rockwool Substrates w/ Austin Smith

    On this episode of the CropTalk series, #KyleTalksAgTech, Kyle Barnett speaks with Austin Smith, US Commercial Account Manager at Grodan about how he got involved in horticulture, rockwool substrates and what the future of hydroponics may hold. 

    • 21 min
    98. #CropCareConvos - Fighting a Spotted Lanternfly Invasion with a Parasitic Wasp w/ Mark Hoddle, f. Matthew Gates

    98. #CropCareConvos - Fighting a Spotted Lanternfly Invasion with a Parasitic Wasp w/ Mark Hoddle, f. Matthew Gates

    The Spotted Lanternfly is likely to become a terrible pest for California's grapes, fruit trees, nuts, and other high-value crops.
    Luckily, Dr. Mark Hoddle (University of California Riverside entomologist) is conducting biocontrol research. He's looking into a parasitic wasp. Very cool stuff. And important work to protect farmers from this devastating invasive species already wreaking havoc in the northeast.
    Dr. Hoddle chats with Bobby Shearer, and #CropTalk Content Collaborator, Matthew Gates, about what he's up to on this episode of #CropCareConvos. Let's talk biological control!
    #LetsTalkCrops!
    Big thanks to the UCANR, the UCCE, Dr. Mark Hoddle, and his research team.

    • 45 min
    97. Moving from Pre-Harvest to Post-Harvest supplies w/ Kyle Barnett & Charlie McKenzie

    97. Moving from Pre-Harvest to Post-Harvest supplies w/ Kyle Barnett & Charlie McKenzie

    On this special episode of CropTalk, Charlie McKenzie and Kyle Barnett (#KyleTalksAgTech host) talk about Kyles career move from Hort Americas to WestRock, from a focus on Pre-Harvest supplies like substrates, fertilizers and LED lighting to a new focus on Post-Harvest supplies like tags, labels, clamshells, and all sorts of unique packaging solutions for grow operations everywhere

    • 15 min
    96. #CropCareConvos - Screening Pest Populations for Insecticide Resistance Using a Molecular Test Kit w/ Scott Ferguson, f. Matthew Gates

    96. #CropCareConvos - Screening Pest Populations for Insecticide Resistance Using a Molecular Test Kit w/ Scott Ferguson, f. Matthew Gates

    Wouldn't it be great to screen pest populations for insecticide resistance to best select your last-resort chemical control?!
    Well, it's in the works! In this episode of #CropCareConvos, Bobby Shearer is joined by CropTalk Content Collaborator Matthew Gates for a conversation with Dr. Scott Ferguson from EntoGenomics, who is developing a molecular test kit for common pests starting with the serpentine leafminer (Lyriomyza trifolii) and specific the insecticide group. They discuss what #PesticideResistance is, how it happens, why it matters, why this new test is important, and how the test works.
    #LetsTalkCrops!

    • 30 min
    94. #CropCareConvos - The New Integrated Pest Management Paradigm for the Modern Age w/ Surendra Dara

    94. #CropCareConvos - The New Integrated Pest Management Paradigm for the Modern Age w/ Surendra Dara

    What's are the components of a solid IPM program? How do they work together and with other aspects of operational plans? 🌱🐞
    On this episode of #CropCareConvos, Bobby speaks with Dr. Surendra Dara (University of California Cooperative Extension Integrated Pest Management expert and CropWalk scientific advisor) about his 2019 publication, "a new IPM paradigm for the modern age," which was the most downloaded article for 52 weeks in a row on the open-source website of Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

    • 57 min
    95. #KyleTalksAgTech: Parus-Europes "spectrum" on Horticulture Lighting w/ Sandro van Kouteren

    95. #KyleTalksAgTech: Parus-Europes "spectrum" on Horticulture Lighting w/ Sandro van Kouteren

    On this episode of the CropTalk series, #KyleTalksAgTech, Kyle Barnett speaks with Sandro van Kouteren, Managing Director at Parus-Europe about LED horticulture lighting spectrum, efficiency, his advice for buying LEDs and what the future may hold for LED lighting & indoor farming.  

    • 20 min

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