This Week on The ‘Lo Down: Integrated Pest Management
This week on our webinar, we’re talking about how to implement and sustain an integrated pest management (IPM) with Charlie McKenzie of CropWalk and the CropTalk podcast.
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: Noon-1pm PT
Please register using the form on this page, and we will email you the link and details to log on by phone or computer.
What you’ll learn about integrated pest management
With hands-on growing experience and technical knowledge of pests and biological control, Charlie will shed light on how to develop or fine tune your integrated pest management program. On self-auditing your IPM program before the 2020 season, he’ll cover:
- What integrated pest management is and how it is applied during the production of an industrial hemp crop.
- What an integrated pest management plan should consist of and why each piece is important.
Why you should consider and how to better control ten key variables that heavily influence the cost, efficiency and effectiveness of your hemp IPM program.
- How to best work with external resources, such as extension agents, technical sales people or consultants to continually improve pest and disease control.
About Charlie McKenzie of CropWalk and CropTalk
Cofounder of the natural pest management company CropWalk and host of the popular podcast CropTalk, Charlie McKenzie is a well-known voice in the hemp industry. He’s a former grower and proud UGA horticulture graduate.
After managing a “big-box” twenty-acre bedding plant greenhouse operation and selling plants to Home Depot and Costco, he entered the cannabis industry and spent time managing a 90,000-square foot, high CBD greenhouse and a 15-acre hemp outdoor operation in Colorado. During his time as a grower, he found that consulting with other growers on production efficiency, cultivation practices, and the implementation of integrated pest management is his ultimate passion.
Today, he focuses his time on the two companies he cofounded in 2018: CropWalk, an integrated pest management audit service and Bioculture Group LLC, a high-value crop consultancy firm. About the former, Charlie says, “#startcleanstayclean is the mantra I live by and what CropWalk is all about.”
As the host of CropTalk, the podcast for agricultural leaders, he features innovative members of the agricultural community who share their success stories, challenges, and journey to produce quality crops and run successful businesses.
About the big picture, he adds, “In my opinion, family is just as important, if not more important, than farming. I am a proud husband to Elizabeth and father to Gabriel and Dahlia. They are the reason that I am so passionate about working to fill our future with clean food, clean flowers and clean medicine.”
About The ‘Lo Down
HiLo wants to serve its farmers and the greater hemp community with the latest and best information available, especially during this time of uncertainty. We’re talking to farmers every day, fielding the questions and sharing our best advice, so these ‘Lo Down webinars are designed to do just that online.
Join us every Thursday at lunchtime to hear what we’re hearing, and get your questions answered.