THE SCIENTIFIC METHODS FULL-SERVICE
Many pest advisors visit the orchard, examine one or two sites,
describe what they've found in about as much detail as you could do
yourself, and write recommendations. We provide detailed, accurate
inspections, drawing upon our extensive experience to solve your
problems. This is what you can expect...
- Detection: Day-degree
predictions and trap results help us time pest appearance and assess
whether the pest is even present in economically important numbers.
Most advisors do this. Our uniqueness lies in our ability to
assess potential damage in a highly accurate, state-of-the-art
manner: we inspect nuts directly for eggs and hatching larvae,
and do this at least once a week. That way we can accurately
assess pest population size, and optimally time your spray for best
kill. You receive a detailed written copy of our findings
after every inspection. Examples of our data sheets can be
found here. We retain a copy to keep track of long-term
- Monitoring and Assessment:
When pest advisors first detect a pest, some immediately recommend
control, rather than delve deeper to see if the problem is real.
When we detect a potential problem, we investigate further, taking
more samples. Perhaps the problem is minor or localized, and
solvable using vareital, one-sided, or touch-up sprays. Remember:
the less an advisor knows about the pest and how it interacts with
the crop, the more likely you'll be spraying "just in
case." We don't take chances, but our broad experience
and knowledge removes more uncertainty, eliminating unnecessary
control measures. The success of our business is the proof our
- Recommendations: Before
making a recommendation, we evaluate the situation economically,
considering nut load, potential damage if left unsprayed, and
pesticide cost. The bottom line for you -- and us -- is your
profits. We'll tell you exactly how we derived our
recommendation. You get all the facts. That way,
you make the best decision.
- Techniques with Reason:
How did your pest advisor decide what techniques to use for
detecting and monitoring pests? Is he simply following
extension or someone else's recommendations... without knowing why?
Scientific Methods doesn't just use techniques. We
thoroughly know them, and we try to improve them. We
periodically test new pesticides for chemical companies, and stay on
top of new methods that might be applicable to tree crops. You
profit from our in-depth background.
- A Personal Reference Source:
We monitor the technical and trade literature. We are members
and regularly attend professional conferences, including the highly
regarded Entomological Society of America. We interact with
faculty at several institutions, and conscientiously keep informed
on pest control. When we suspect that new, potential pests
have entered the orchard, we get them identified -- we don't guess.
Our immersion in the pest control aspect of farming lets you
concentrate on other matters. Each year we watch hundreds of
orchards from Fresno to Red Bluff, spending more time examining nut
crops than any extension agen or faculty member. Even growers
with many years experience in nut crops benefit from our
region-wide perspective on farming methods.
- Growing Dividends:
Pay-offs increase every season. The longer we manage an
orchard, the better we know its vulnerabilities. The more
orchards we watch in an area, the more effective are our
preventative control recommendations.