Harley Smith

NPK University
Director of Research

Session Title: Nutrient Management for Cannabis

Time: April 4th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Seminar Room #2

Professional Summary

Harley Smith is a veteran in the hydroponics and cannabis industry, with over 24 years’ experience as a hydroponics consultant and research scientist. 1n 1995, Harley started his career working with schools, setting up hydroponics labs and tissue culture labs in agriscience programs across the United States. In his home state of Michigan, he eventually built hydroponics labs in 2/3rds of all the horticultural programs in the state and went on to national fame. He became known nationwide for his expertise in hydroponics and advanced plant nutrition, putting on state-wide professional development workshops for teachers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Indiana, Washington and at the National Association of Agriscience Educators.

As his career developed, Harley spent less time with educators and more time as a professional hydroponics consultant. His intimate knowledge of plant science, precision fertilizer management and organic biostimulants made him a valuable resource for both hobbyists and commercial growers. In 2005, he was given a management position at Superior Growers Supply in Livonia, Michigan, where he worked as a full-time consultant in the hydroponics and cannabis industry. Meanwhile, he continued to perform research and teach online classes on hydroponics, plant propagation, advanced plant nutrition, microbiology, integrated pest management, organic biostimulants and computer environmentally controlled agriculture. Harley Smith is a contributing author for Maximum Yield Magazine, where he published over 14 feature articles.

Session Abstract

Whether you’re growing in soil or hydroponics, cannabis needs 17 essential elements to grow and reproduce. By giving the plant exactly what it needs, when it needs it, it is possible to help the plant reach its true genetic potential. In this class, you will learn how to "spoon feed" your plants, providing the specific nutrients your plant needs at the right time in its growth cycle. Learn how to steer the crop, diagnose and treat nutrient deficiencies, and use leaf and nutrient analyses to fine tune your feeding schedule.

Base nutrients provide all the essential elements that plants need, but organic bio-stimulants aid with the uptake of nutrients. This class will teach you how to use organic bio-stimulants to improve the nutritional and medicinal value of plants, while increasing the plant's natural resistance to stress, pests and disease. Even advanced growers will benefit from this in-depth training session.