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Why Hire Scientific Methods, Inc.?

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT FOR OUR ALMOND PROGRAM...


Starting A Partnership:  We listen to your pest control needs and expectations.  We'll describe our detection / monitoring techniques, pest management strategies, and gather information on the orchard (age, varieties, pest history, etc.).  This allows us to identify potential problem spots.  These data are entered into a computer database for long-term reference.  Much of this data is available to you anytime, online on this website.  We combine your knowledge of the orchard with our pest management experience.

 

Late Winter - Early Spring:  Spray rigs are calibrated to determine if pesticides are being effectively applied.  Winter surveys are conducted for dormant pest populations (mite eggs, scale, peach twig borer hibernacula).  During bloom, we're out in the orchard, daily if need be, so that fungicide sprays are optimally timed.  Weed control recommendations are made as needed.

Spring:  We periodically inspect the orchard at several sites for mites, scale, and other potential pests, looking for trouble spots.  Predatory mites are monitored since they often keep plant-feeding mites in check.  Early season peach twig borer, fruit moth, and navel orangeworm populations are monitored and control recommendations made as needed. 

Summer:  The time window for optimal pest control may be one week, even less.  We visit your orchard as necessary, but at least once a week during the critical summer season.  Pheromone traps are monitored on a regular basis, and nut samples are taken at several sites in the orchard, with special attention to vulnerable varieties and sites.  During July, we're happy to collect leaf samples for nutrient analysis.  We keep close track of the convergence of pest emergence with hull split for each almond variety.  Meat damage estimates are periodically made.  About one month before harvest, ant population inspections give you time to apply any necessary baits.  We continue frequent inspections until your last vulnerable pollinator is harvested.  At harvest, we'll take a random sample of ground nuts to assess meat damage.

Fall and Winter:  On-site evaluations of pruning can be provided on request, since we have examined the techniques of many dozens of growers and their results.  Mummy load is evaluated for all orchards, because we strongly emphasize preventive measures that will prevent the resident pests from holding you hostage the following season.

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