Cascade Analytical belives in partnering with other professional specialists to provide greater and more specific areas of service for our clients. The following companies are currently part of our technical alliance network. Check below for more information on each of our technical partners.
Cascade Analytical has been proud to be teamed with PAL, our exclusive sub-contract lab for residue analysis for over a decade. PAL is a well-established, highly experienced analytical lab, specializing in residue analysis. We have set up a program with PAL that tailors a multi-residue screen for plant protection products used in the Northwest Tree-Fruit Industry. This high-quality scan is an outstanding tool for reference sampling, but even more powerful if you plan on exporting your fruit. The scan will include all products registered for use on Tree-Fruit in the State of Washington, so you won't have to worry about adding extra compounds or the possibility of missing some. With lower detection limits than other scans out there, you are also better protected against possible embargo oversees. If you have tree fruit, this is THE scan for you!
We are proud to be partnering with NSURE, a young company from the Netherlands using an innovative technology to determine the quality of fresh produce. At Cascade Analytical, we are able to serve as the regional affiliate for NSURE, getting sampling supplies out, running the analysis, while partnering with them for data interpretation.
Gene Expression Analysis
Gene expression is the new frontier in analysis offering a look at the genes (RNA sequences) responsible for plant responses to cultural, climatic and genetic conditions. We are excited about this new technology and what it will mean for our agricultural and environmental clients. Please contact us with your project requests, no R&D please.
PCR analysis of specific genetic markers can forecast optimal harvest timing based on cell wall softening, ethylene production precursor and several other RNA sequences in specific varieties of apples and pears. Partnering with NSURE allows us to tap into the European fruit maturity database, and begin to build our own NW database for current market varieties and growing conditions. We are excited about what this new technology will mean for our industry and its ability to fine tune our fruit storage practices.
Watch HERE a YouTube video of the NSure sampling procedure for apples.
To set up a program for the season, contact Laura at 1-800-545-4206.
Potato Fry Quality
Get the premium potato product that you need for the best quality fry. This gene expression test, through RNA assay for a specific set of markers, reveals the pre-disposition for excess sugar which causes off grade product. Processors identify troubled lots at harvest and growers can assess pre-harvest. 48-72 hr TAT, results via email for timely decisions.
Call 1-800-454-4206 for sample submission information.
The Soil Information Systems team is our partner in the field with sophisticated soil sampling and characterization. More specific than traditional Precision Ag and not “folded in the cost of fertilizer” so you can actually make qualified decisions on unbiased data. STI/SIS uses three steps to gather a comprehensive database for your specific field:
1st ~ SIS uses GPS, Topography and Electrical Conductivity to survey soil spatial variability
2nd ~ SIS uses a Cone Penetrometer which measures Ground Resistance and provides Visual Imaging data
3rd ~ SIS probes discretely through a 4 foot profile for Soil Fertility characteristics
Comprehensive site maps for a multitude of physical, textural, chemical fertility and topographic properties.
“We used SIS for our Mattawa vineyard and they provided a professional and knowledgeable field team, state of the art equipment, amazing new technology. The useful and comprehensive reporting will be an important part of our fertilizer application and irrigation scheduling decision making process. I especially enjoy the orthophotographic view. The survey and sampling service is cost effective even for a moderately profitable crop (contracted grape). Our cultural practices will change to implement the information and concepts that we learned”.
~ Mike Mrachek, owner, Lucky Bohemian Farms
“Cascade Analytical Inc. is proud to be part of the SIS analytical team in Washington State!”
~ Laura Mrachek, owner, Cascade Analytical, Inc.