Field Scouting is a foundational cornerstone of any Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Field Scouting is the means by which you can assess where the levels of the various pests and diseases in your fields are at in order to properly asses if management is necessary.

Though the concept of having someone go into a field and count bugs seems relatively simple, there are several compounding factors that make a good field scouting program difficult to implement. Some of these factors are:

  • Proper training- Field personnel who are capable of properly identifying and evaluating pest and disease pressures in a given crop. Misidentification of a problem is common with untrained eyes and can lead to treatments that at best have no effect, and at worse can damage the crop. 
  • Labor availability- Often times, farm staff who are responsible for field scouting end up having to prioritize other tasks during peak times on farm, like around harvest when regular field scouting is arguably most important. 
  • Objectivity- Many agricultural suppliers have fieldmen who will provide basic scouting in fields and provide recommendations for treatment. The problem with this model is that field men are incentivized to sell the product of their supplier. Thus they will recommend treatments even if no economic thresholds are met, which results in over treatments, and higher farm costs if you are treating when it may not be necessary. 

PCM hires and trains its scouts thoroughly to ensure the highest quality of scouting capabilities and all field data/findings are reviewed by consultants with years of experience in properly identify and assessing pest and disease levels. Our field staff are dedicated solely to scouting activities, so you will not be left hanging without anyone monitoring your fields when things get busy. And PCM does not sell and chemicals or products, so we have no incentive to recommend you spray something when it may not be necessary. 

Our scouting services are highly customizable to your needs. But a few of our most common types of service are:

 

 

Regular Field Scouting

This is our most common service. Typically beginning in April, we send our field scouts to your fields every week to monitor for a long list of pests, diseases, and beneficials specific to each crop. Additionally, they set traps for Spotted Wing Drosophilla (all crops), leaf rollers (caneberries), and strawberry crown moth (strawberries and black raspberries). Visiting several locations in each field, the field scout geospatially collects field data which is then uploaded to our AgReports database where our consultants review the data. Within 24 hours, you receive a scouting report from us which allows you to view your fields and where we were on an interactive map along with photos that were taken in your fields, and recommendations from our consultants. 

Costs for this service typically range from $45-$95 per acre for the season.

If you have any questions or would like a free estimate, please Contact Us.

 
 
 
 
 

SWD Monitoring

Since its first detection in Oregon in 2009, Spotted Wing Drosophilla has become the most damaging and economically important pest in NW berry production. Farm management programs have had to change significantly as a result of this pest which has resulted in a dramatic increase in pesticide use. PCM has been deeply involved in the research on SWD since its first 2009 Oregon detection, and as a result, we have an intimate understanding of this pest, its dynamics, and its regional distributions in the NW. 

Comprehensive SWD monitoring is a part of our regular field scouting programs, but this service provides SWD monitoring solely. Utilizing border and in-field SWD trapping, we assess populations around your farm each week, tracking their temporal variations. This alone can be very informative, but it becomes particularly useful with subsequent seasons of field data which allows us to compare SWD pressure from different seasons and adjust management programs appropriately. In addition to trapping, once fruit begins to color, our scouts regular collect fruit samples and conduct a salt water immersion test to determine if, and at what level, SWD larvae have gotten into your fruit.

Costs for this service typically range from $25-$40 per acre for the season.

If you have any questions or would like a free estimate, please Contact Us.