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Services offered by Scientific Methods, Inc.

At the heart of our basic service is weekly monitoring.  During the growing season, we visit each block a minimum of one time per week.  Depending on the time of year we check traps, evaluate insects and disease levels, evaluate the nutritional appearance of the tree, evaluate pruning structure, and identify any other potential problems.  Each week the grower receives a written data sheet (Click here for an example).  If the collected data indicate a treatable problem, we will make a recommendation to correct the situation (Click here for an example of a recommendation).

Included in our basic service are the following:

  1. We are "on-call" - if you have a problem at any point, give us a call and we will respond as soon as possible.
  2. Dormant Survey - For almonds, an evaluation of San Jose Scale, Peach Twig Borer, and Brown Almond Mite eggs in the dormant season to determine the necessity of a dormant spray (Click here for an example).  Other crops may differ.
  3. Mummy Survey - For almonds, an count of mummies per tree in the winter to ensure that overwintering navel orangeworm will not be a problem (Click here for an example).  Other crops may differ.
  4. We are active during bloom to help you with timing and materials.
  5. We can help you calibrate your sprayers for maximum performance (Click here to see a sample)
  6. Each year, we will take a leaf sample from each of your blocks.  Although you must pay for the lab to analyze the samples, the benefits of pulling the leaves from the same spots every year are advantageous.
  7. Post-Harvest sampling - we will sample your product after harvest to determine the extent and nature of any damage (Click here to see a sample).
  8. We store all information in our database and can provide you with reports based on your orchard, as well as area-wide information.

In addition to our basic service, we also are available for contractual work or short-term projects.

Additional information about our services can be found here.