138 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
    • 4.7 • 33 Ratings

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.

    138. #CropDebates: Seeds vs Clones

    138. #CropDebates: Seeds vs Clones

    Are seeds or clones better for a cannabis/hemp operation?
    Let's Debate!
    On this episode of #CropCareConvos, the second Crop Debate ever recorded, Bobby Shearer is joined by 2 CEO/founders who are leaders in the industry.
    Dr. Allison Justice from The Hemp Mine, arguing the case of of the incredible clones (including liners and micorpropagation)
    vs
    Matt Haddad from Trilogen Seeds, arguing the case of the prized beans we all know and love
    A few salinent arguments:
    Why SEEDS are better:
    - Ease of access
    - Breeding programs
    - Vigor
    - Ease of direct-sow
    - Less disease (exception: TC)
    - Cheaper
    Why CLONES are better:
    - Consistency, Guarantee of phenotype
    - Faster
    - Cheaper (exception: TC)
    - Always female
    - TC is the cleanest possible start

    #LetsTalkCrops

    • 54 min
    137. #LeadersTalkCrops - Trialing to Define Your Cannabis Cultivar’s Optimal Photoperiod Response w/ Rob Smallman

    137. #LeadersTalkCrops - Trialing to Define Your Cannabis Cultivar’s Optimal Photoperiod Response w/ Rob Smallman

    Cannabis is a short-day plant (with the exception of day-neutral cultivars). 
    However, as the commercial cultivation of Cannabis explodes, growers are manipulating photoperiods attempting to create outcomes different from what the plant would produce under a 12/12 light cycle. 
    That's why Rob Smallman joined the #LeadersTalkCrops series of CropTalk to share how he has been trialing different photoperiods with his Cannabis crops and what he is seeing from that production technique. 
    Until next time, #startcleanstayclean
     

    • 23 min
    136. #LeadersTalkCrops - Reasons to Consider More Than CBD Potency When Selecting Your Hemp Cultivars for Production in 2021 w/ Jeremy Klettke

    136. #LeadersTalkCrops - Reasons to Consider More Than CBD Potency When Selecting Your Hemp Cultivars for Production in 2021 w/ Jeremy Klettke

    It seems some folks in the hemp industry think that all of the value in a hemp cultivar is related to its' CBD potency. 
    What about its' feminization rate verified by a third-party?! 🌱 
    What about its' minor cannabinoids?!? 💥 
    HOW ABOUT ITS' TERPENES?! 🤯 
    Jeremy Klettke, the CEO & Head Breeder at Davis Farms of Oregon, joined the #LeadersTalkCrops series of CropTalk podcast to describe why we've got to see past the glitz and glamour of CBD potency when considering which hemp cultivar to plant in 2021. 
    Until next time, #startcleanstayclean

    • 1 hr 5 min
    135. #LeadersTalkCrops - Reasons to Seek Unbiased Advice When Developing or Improving Your IPM Program w/ Sam Konchan

    135. #LeadersTalkCrops - Reasons to Seek Unbiased Advice When Developing or Improving Your IPM Program w/ Sam Konchan

    Would you let a pharmaceutical rep craft your preventative health plan?

    I sure hope not. 
    Similarly, you don’t have to settle for biased advice as you develop or improve your IPM program.
    Sam Konchan, the IPM Manager at Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc., joined as a guest on the #LeadersTalkCrops series of CropTalk podcast to share how he uses his resources wisely and whom he calls on for help when he continually improves his integrated pest management program.
    Until next time, #startcleanstayclean

    • 53 min
    134. #LeadersTalkCrops - Cannabis Plants Don’t Judge a Nutrient By the Look of Its' Label, So Why Do You? w/ Andrew Varela

    134. #LeadersTalkCrops - Cannabis Plants Don’t Judge a Nutrient By the Look of Its' Label, So Why Do You? w/ Andrew Varela

    Don't judge a book by its' cover. 
    It seems that everyone learns the above lesson at some point in their life. 
    Andrew Varela, Director of Cultivation at Rocky Mountain High, joined as a guest on the #LeadersTalkCrops series of CropTalk podcast to share why Cannabis growers might be overspending on nutrients. 
    He shares insight on how he learned to lower his nutrition input cost dramatically.
    And finally, he helps us understand why you should judge your nutrients based on the science and the formulator's experience in crop production, not the hype at the grow store or the design of the label. 
    Until next time, #startcleanstayclean 

    • 31 min
    133. #KyleTalksAgtech: PART 2 - Developing a Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability w/ Ian Kanski

    133. #KyleTalksAgtech: PART 2 - Developing a Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability w/ Ian Kanski

    On Part 2 of this two part episode of the CropTalk series #KyleTalksAgTech, Kyle Barnett speaks with Ian Kanski - Director for the Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Chairman of the Board for the FarmTech Society, and co-founder of INTAG Systems. We discuss his journey from tech to Controlled Environment Agriculture, the lessons he's learned along the way and thoughts on what the future may hold for the industry.  

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

EvSmi ,

Fascinating and informationally dense

This podcast is the bees knees! Fills a much needed niche and dives deep. If you’re involved in the ag industry or interested in getting involved, do yourself a favor and listen to every single episode. Charlie’s an awesome host with killer content across platforms. So grateful to have discovered CropTalk!

Chris Vande-Stouwe ,

Droppin' Growing Knowledge in your Ears

Charlie is a great host! Engaging, informative, and fun! Put on your favorite head phones, walk your crop or set your GPS, and join Charlie on a ride to experience the world of growing!

BrittanyDau ,

An Engaging Listen!

This podcast is engaging and sooo helpful at the intersection of agriculture and business. Charlie speaks passionately and knowledgeably about the business of growing. I’m on the production team, and it has been an incredible opportunity to watch this show take shape.

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