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The Real Dirt with Chip Baker is a podcast series hosted by one of the nation’s premier cannabis technology and application experts, Chip Baker. Chip Baker formerly co-founded Royal Gold Soil and is currently the founder and CEO of Cultivate Colorado and Growers Soil.



Over the past 30 years, Chip Baker and other industry veterans have made the evolution of cannabis legalization possible.



Since Colorado’s legalization, the cannabis industry has evolved extensively, but there it is still an abundance of stereotypes, inaccurate information and “bro science” surrounding it. The Real Dirt provides accurate insider industry information from the nation’s premier cannabis lawyers, breeders, growers, and distributors who pioneered legalization. Their expertise, collective knowledge and decades of experience provides invaluable insights to both industry aspirants and veterans alike, on how to succeed in the new, competitive, booming cannabis industry.

The Real Dirt with Chip Baker The Real Dirt with Chip Baker

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    • 4.6 • 104 Ratings

The Real Dirt with Chip Baker is a podcast series hosted by one of the nation’s premier cannabis technology and application experts, Chip Baker. Chip Baker formerly co-founded Royal Gold Soil and is currently the founder and CEO of Cultivate Colorado and Growers Soil.



Over the past 30 years, Chip Baker and other industry veterans have made the evolution of cannabis legalization possible.



Since Colorado’s legalization, the cannabis industry has evolved extensively, but there it is still an abundance of stereotypes, inaccurate information and “bro science” surrounding it. The Real Dirt provides accurate insider industry information from the nation’s premier cannabis lawyers, breeders, growers, and distributors who pioneered legalization. Their expertise, collective knowledge and decades of experience provides invaluable insights to both industry aspirants and veterans alike, on how to succeed in the new, competitive, booming cannabis industry.

    Is Oklahoma to blame for the crashing cannabis industry? Ft. Jessica Baker

    Is Oklahoma to blame for the crashing cannabis industry? Ft. Jessica Baker

    The entire cannabis industry is feeling the strain of a struggling economy, but is the Oklahoma cannabis market to blame for it all? An industry that has started to crumble as quickly as it exploded has many pointing fingers at the state for flooding the market with cannabis. However Oklahoma is not the only state with an issue. Colorado, California, Michigan and others are all struggling in the current economy, and not just because customers are buying less cannabis.



    From oversupply to tightening regulations and the rising costs of needed equipment and inputs, there is a variety of factors impacting the industry across the country. In this episode of The Real Dirt with Chip Baker, Jessica Baker shares her recent experiences as a cannabis business owner in Oklahoma. With experience in multiple markets including Colorado and California, Jessica has exclusive insights into how different cannabis markets have operated, risen and fallen.



    Hear why Oklahoma isn't the main blame for the current state of the industry, and how it all looks for the future of cannabis.

    • 33 min
    Selective Genetics and Grow Room Designs [Front Row Ag Pt. 3]

    Selective Genetics and Grow Room Designs [Front Row Ag Pt. 3]

    Blue Dream, Green Crack, Gorilla Glue, Wedding Cake. All of these strains had their time in the spotlight before fading away as more strains gained popularity. And the strains that are popular now will face a similar fate soon enough.

    • 46 min
    Breaking Down Salt Nutrients with Front Row Ag (Pt. 2)

    Breaking Down Salt Nutrients with Front Row Ag (Pt. 2)

    When someone first sees a bag of Front Row Ag nutrients, the first question they might have is “what is it?”



    Front Row starts with a simple Part A that is packed with nitrogen, calcium and chelated micronutrients, followed by Part B, full of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. The Part B also has surfactin, which is a natural antibiotic produced by Bacillus subtilis to help strengthen plant immunity against disease. And that’s the base.



    No Grow A&B followed by Bloom A&B. Just Part A and B for growth, and Bloom for flower. Three bags total. The flower nutrient from Front Row is more than just a PK booster too. The biggest benefit to Front Row Bloom is the inclusion of sulfur and magnesium included in the bag. This helps make significant changes to calcium and magnesium ratios throughout the flower process, which is extremely useful in greenhouse and outdoor applications.



    In Part 2 of the Front Row Ag interview, Chip, Matt, Zach and Leland dive into what makes up their products, how they differ from the competition in their composition, application and effectiveness. They also talk about the debate over fertilizer injectors, stock solutions and more as the gang dives into the rabbit hole of irrigation and cultivation.

    • 50 min
    The Real Dirt on Growing with Salts [Front Row Pt. 1]

    The Real Dirt on Growing with Salts [Front Row Pt. 1]

    Powder nutrients, liquid nutrients, salts….what’s the difference? Probably not as much as you might think.

    There’s no shortage of controversial debates among cannabis growers:



    Organic vs Synthetic Nutrients

    Indoor vs Outdoor Cultivation

    LED vs HPS Lighting

    Hand Watering vs Irrigation

    And the list goes on…



    But a debate that has become more popular recently is one with a lot of misconceptions, and that debate is growing with salts vs anything else.



    Front Row Ag is a small-team nutrient company that created a 3-part line of salts that is easy to use, leading a lot of growers to make the switch from liquid nutrients. From application to impact, the difference with Front Row Ag nutrients is clear.



    In Part 1 of The Real Dirt ft. Zach, Leland and Matt from Front Row Ag, Chip and the guys start scratching the surface of why Front Row went with a synthetic salt product, how they have become so popular over the last couple of years, the right and wrong ways to mix a reservoir and more.

    • 39 min
    Indoor Grow Construction and Set Up (Freaux Pt. 2)

    Indoor Grow Construction and Set Up (Freaux Pt. 2)

    In Part 2 of his interview with Freaux of Jive Cannabis Co, Chip takes Freaux into the Mom House to talk construction and set up. From HVAC and Lighting to measurements and adjustments, Chip and Freaux get into the Real Dirt of building out an indoor g.

    • 39 min
    The Real Dirt on Indoor vs Greenhouse Cannabis

    The Real Dirt on Indoor vs Greenhouse Cannabis

    The day indoor cannabis cultivation was invented, it has been said that immediately a man came running over the hill top to argue whether it was better than greenhouse cultivation. Not really.



    But it’s a funny way to say that the arguments about indoor vs greenhouse cultivation have been around since indoor cultivation was invented. There will always be the traditional growers who will only grow in outdoor sunlight, and others who have converted to strictly indoor. Then there’s those in the middle who may use a greenhouse, light deprivation or some combination of indoor and outdoor.



    This episode of The Real Dirt with Chip Baker is all about the great indoor vs greenhouse debate. Coming from different cultivation backgrounds Chip and Freaux have plenty of differences in how the cultivate cannabis, indoor and outdoor. Yet both grow some fine cannabis for their respective methods.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Mr Nugz ,

Best Podcast

So glad I found this podcast. Love the topics. Learned so much. Best podcast around

Jmac405 ,

Oklahoma Grass Roots

CBaker is a great teacher and has phenomenal views and tips. Thanks Chip keep doing what you do!😎

dapperdude7 ,

Look elsewhere

Hey stoners, if you too want to do your own podcast about cannabis, try to save the lighting up til u r done with the show. The problem with this podcast is extracting 10 minutes of useful information requires wading thru an hour stoner “humor” , rolling off topic and sometimes never getting around to the topic at hand, the newest episode a perfect example. Sorry bro, just annoying, cloying small talk/ banter between folks who are too hip for their own good

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