iStock-GeorgePeters The cannabis and hemp CBD industry is cementing roots across the globe.
As the industry grows so does the demand for standardisation across products in order to limit impurities and harm to end users. This issue of standardisation is recognised by Larry Nagle of Clean Crop Solutions – who wants to ensure cannabis crops are safe for human consumption.
As hemp plants are usually grown outdoors, they can be much more susceptible to environmental pathogens and pests. From soil to seed Nagle is focussed on making sure crops are clean from harmful chemical residue and safe for human consumption.
Nagle has put forward his advanced technology Clean Crop Solutions – a colloidal solution that doesn’t contain any petroleum solvents, caustics, phosphates, nitrates, or silicates – as an organic alternative to chemical products.
Chemicals in cannabis
The USDA has now established a regulatory framework for the production of hemp in the United States with the introduction of the Farm Bill 2018 – meaning any crops or product found to have pests or pathogens will be taken off the shelves or the whole crop will be destroyed. As the medical market expands, cultivators must take measures against pest management.
Nagle notes that genetics is a key factor to a high-quality crop and to help get better control of pathogens, however, genetics alone is not enough. By using nutrients and raising the bed culture with plastic to isolate the soil, Nagle can gain more control over the outcome of his crops.
A meticulous irrigation and fertigation programme using Clean Crop Solutions also diminishes the need for weed killers, meaning there is no need to use toxic products on the crop.
Clean Crop Solutions is approved and B-25 exempt under FIFRA 25(b) regulations, meaning that the formulation has been successfully used on Fusarium wilt, botrytis, white powdery mould, mildew, fungi, bacteria, white flies, aphids, russet mites and other insects/larvae issues.
Crops that undergo a consistent regime of Clean Crop Solutions have been found to have pest and pathogen problems eliminated.
Soil to seed
Nagle is a champion of organic, preventative measures for crops and Clean Crop Solutions is a natural Colloidal solution that enhances the plant’s systematic acquired resistance mechanism – making the plant stronger and better able to fight pathogens and reducing mould and mildew.
When mixed with soil, Clean Crop Solutions lowers the soil alkalinity and increases sulphur content and availability by altering soil