155 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.

    155. #KyleTalksAgtech: Succeeding in CEA through other industries lessons w/ Eddy Badrina

    155. #KyleTalksAgtech: Succeeding in CEA through other industries lessons w/ Eddy Badrina

    How can controlled ag. collectively succeed? According to Eddy Badrina, we should be looking to other industries to see what the future horizon for the CEA may hold and how to avoid future problems. 
    Topics include the danger of silos, realistic expectations, the dramatically changing produce consumer and running a company with a modern vision and purpose. 

    • 45 min
    154. #LeadersTalkCrops - How Using Nutrients as Physiological Tools Improves Crop Performance w/ Kyle Lilly

    154. #LeadersTalkCrops - How Using Nutrients as Physiological Tools Improves Crop Performance w/ Kyle Lilly

    Do you like BBQ?
    Not all BBQ is made the same. 
    Do you want to eat BBQ that is just sufficient in taste or BBQ that is mouth-watering and award-winning?! 
    Most would say mouth-watering and award-winning. 
    As a grower, should you provide your plants with sufficient nutrients to survive or should you dial in the details that make your crop award-winning and profitable on a per-acre basis? 
    Kyle Lilly, a Plant Nutrition Product Developer, joined as a guest on the #LeadersTalkCrops series of CropTalk to share why he believes growers should ditch the sufficiency-based approach when managing crop nutrition. 
    Kyle drops a bunch of actionable knowledge bombs in this conversation including: 
    - What nutrients can be applied directly as seed treatments to get the crop off to a healthy start 
    - How growers can use nutrients as physiological tools to steer plant growth and performance 
    - What tools are available to manage ethylene levels in crop production 
    Until next time, #StartCleanStayClean

    • 44 min
    153. #CropCareConvos: 3 overlooked aspects of controlled environment agriculture w. Kellie Walter

    153. #CropCareConvos: 3 overlooked aspects of controlled environment agriculture w. Kellie Walter

    Professor Kellie Walters from the Univ of Tennessee researches controlled environment plant physiology and works to help growers improve their crop production systems.
    Bobby Shearer and Charlie McKenzie had a chance to chat with her about what she considers to be the 3 most overlooked aspects of controlled environment agriculture (CEA).
    From food production to floriculture, they get into environmental controls, flavor and nutrition management, and consumer preferences in an episode of #CropCareConvos that no CEA operator will wanna miss.

    • 56 min
    152. #LeadersTalkCrops - Refining Action Thresholds When Utilizing Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Insecticides w/ Ben Arends

    152. #LeadersTalkCrops - Refining Action Thresholds When Utilizing Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Insecticides w/ Ben Arends

    Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus is a mouthful.
    It's a mouthful of tough to pronounce words for growers trying to use the novel tool and a mouthful of certain death for many Lepidopterans that consume it. 
    Nuclear Polyhedrosis Viruses aka NPVs are baculoviruses -- pathogens that attack insects and other arthropods.
    With ever-increasing resistance to conventional synthetic pesticides, growers are searching for alternatives to help them control the pests that cause economic damage to their crops.
    That's why we had Ben Arends, Market Development Specialist at AgBiTech, onto the #LeadersTalkCrops series of CropTalk podcast.
    Just a taste of the knowledge that Ben drops:
    - How growers can change their behavior and mindset to see the maximum impact when using NPVs for worm control.
    - The cost of using NPVs vs. traditional synthetic pesticides
    - What using NPVs can do to slow down the evolution of pesticide resistance

    • 22 min
    151. #KyleTalksAgtech: Passionately educating future farmers and inspiring the young and old w/ Stephen Ritz

    151. #KyleTalksAgtech: Passionately educating future farmers and inspiring the young and old w/ Stephen Ritz

    Skip your morning cup of coffee before listening to Stephen Ritz's episode of CropTalk #KyleTalksAgTech!
    Stephen is sure to inspire and entertain you as we walk through the impressive work he is doing educating students via the Green Bronx Machine and his PBS show. 
    If you are looking for some inspiration, this is the episode for you!  

    • 31 min
    150. #KyleTalksAgtech: Starting Up to Grow Up on VegBed Bamboo Substrates w/ Albert Lin

    150. #KyleTalksAgtech: Starting Up to Grow Up on VegBed Bamboo Substrates w/ Albert Lin

    Albert Lin has learned a great deal since starting VegBed bamboo substrates about entrepreneurship. Join us on this episode of CropTalk #KyleTalksAgtech as we discuss starting up, doing whatever it takes to succeed and lessons learned about running your own company. 

    • 28 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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