Integrated Pest Management Programs: Tips that will Improve Plant Performance for Any Size of Grow

April 1, 2022 | 2:30 pm | Room 2 | Cultivation

Oklahoma’s cultivation market is thriving through its market-driven approach to cultivator licensing – giving rise to craft growers to large-scale operators. Oklahoma regulators are monitoring commercial cultivators for the proper pesticide use and application.

Regardless of your crop size, the success of your cultivation is based upon three IPM pillars of action: 1) Proactive cultural and environmental controls, 2) Developing chemical & biocontrol strategies, and 3) Focusing on rootzone management.

Regulators will be looking for a comprehensive, proactive, compliant Integrated Pest Management program. By participating in Huston Hoelscher’s dynamic presentation, you’ll leave with actionable insights into how you can develop an Integrated Pest Management Program that supports a healthy, compliant cultivation environment.

Huston Hoelscher, PCA Manager, Environmental Sciences Group, Urban-Gro, Inc

Huston Hoelscher is a Plant Specialist Manager within urban-gro’s Environmental Sciences Group. As a Pest Control Advisor – licensed in the states of AZ, OK, and CA. Huston is responsible for developing commercialized Integrated Pest Management (IPM) SOPs for licensed cannabis greenhouse operations. Huston also works with cultivators in the proper application of pesticides and beneficial insects for pest mitigation to customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Previously, Huston was a Production Manager for a 22,000 sf. nursery production greenhouse based in Denver, CO. Huston maintained an Integrated Pest Management program which included cultural & biological controls as well as facility maintenance. His focus was on plant health/nutrition as well as oversight on newly propagated plant material. Huston’s experience also includes working as a Greenhouse Assistant within the Ecology department at the University of Colorado and Production Manager at a 10,000 sf. Cannabis operation in Boulder, CO.

Huston received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma in Horticulture Science.