Dynamite Ag is owned and operated by Dr. Curt Livesay. Dr. Livesay is a Certified Crop Adviser through the American Society of Agronomy and a Licensed Commercial Pest Control Consultant through the Washington State Department of Agriculture. He works with diverse growers and crops in over 20 states, spanning from mint in Washington State to corn and soybeans across the Midwest and from sugar beets in Minnesota to rice in Arkansas and cotton in Texas. Having earned his Ph.D. in Research Methods and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Iowa in 2012, Dr. Livesay conducts independent research trials testing various products and practices with growers throughout the U.S. He has also consulted for two different organizations specializing in agricultural production in impoverished regions in Nigeria, focusing on the sustainable production of banana, bamboo, and soybeans.
Since 2012 he has consulted for numerous state and national champions of the contests run by the National Corn Growers Association, National Soybean Association, National Wheat Growers Association, and the National Sorghum Producers. Dr. Livesay has numerous clients with documented corn yields of 300+ bushels per acre (the national average for corn yield is approximately 175 bushels per acre). and he also works directly with Kip Cullers, three-time World Record Soybean Grower.
Dr. Livesay holds two Professional Certificates from the University of Vermont: one in Cannabis Plant Biology and one in Cannabis Science and Medicine. He consults for hemp clients across the United States and in South America and he has worked with multiple licensed cannabis cultivation facilities in Washington State since 2015, using a data driven approach to create custom nutrient plans (or “recipes”) for various cannabis cultivars in closed-loop, recirculating, aeroponic cultivation systems. He currently serves as the Scientific Reviewer for the Washington State Medical Marijuana Research License Applications.
Dr. Livesay is a sought-after speaker on a wide array of agricultural topics from commercial row crop to commercial cannabis production. He has been an invited speaker for non-profit organizations such as New Approach Missouri, the Pacific Northwest Direct Seeding Association (PNDSA), and the Alabama Soybean Association, and for for-profit companies such as Legend Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Biovante, and the Conklin Company. He currently serves as an ex officio board member of the PNDSA.
He provides free agronomy education through occasional white papers, his agronomy blog, podcast, and his public and private Facebook groups. He has appeared in other prominent agricultural media including the Farm Journal, the Cannabis Business Times (please note the separate links in CBT), and various agriculturally focused radio stations and podcasts.