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Survey Results

2010 Apple Grower Survey

The 2010 Washington apple grower and manager pest management survey went out in January of 2011 to survey practices used during the 2010 crop season. Out of 2,155 eligible participants recieving surveys, about 25% choose to participate. Those surveyed made pest management descisions on a mean of 235 acres of apples. Summary results of this survey were analyzed Fall of 2011 and are now available to view online or download here.

Grower Survey Results
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Note on data interpretation: Some data tables include a field for "missing". "Missing" indicates that respondents chose not to answer that particular question in its entirety. Some tables include the additional field, "skipped". "Skipped" data can occur on questions where an answer was not applicable for the respondent, given their response to the preceding question.
E1: How important were the following as sources of information for making pest control decisions in the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?

 

Information Sources Mean Scores on a Scale
from 1 (“Not Important”)
to 5 (“Very Important”)
Missing
Agricultural chemical distributor fieldmen 4.33 21
WSU Crop Protection Guide (EB0419) 3.77 41
Insecticide label information 3.64 39
Conferences, workshops, or seminars 3.39 40
Packing warehouse fieldmen 3.36 26
Professional consultants 3.28 52
WSU Decision Aid System (real-time web-based delivery of pest models and management guidelines) 3.28 57
WSU researchers 3.21 54
Formal education or continuing education classes 3.18 49
WSU Extension educators 3.04 48
Newsletters or magazines 2.92 40
Internet-based resources 2.72 53
Other growers/managers 2.59 49
Field days or farm tours 2.52 51
Non-WSU researchers 2.32 56
Commodity or grower association 2.25 50
Marketing organization 2.01 50
Family members 1.91 58
Radio 1.58 51

 

Mean scores with: 1 = Not very important; 5 = Very important

 
E2: Did you use the Internet-based WSU Decision Aid System (DAS) to guide your pest management practices in 2010?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 284 57.6
Yes 209 42.4
Total 493 100
Missing = 53
 
 
E3: Do you know about the AZM (Guthion) Stewardship Program to reduce worker exposure to organophosphate pesticides (run by the company MANA)?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 413 79.3
Yes 108 20.7
Total 521 100
Missing = 25
 
 
E4: Did you know that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers growers cost share assistance for implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 324 62.0
Yes 199 38.0
Total 523 100
Missing = 23
 
 
E5: Do you know about the WSU Pest Management Transition Project (PMTP), which helps growers phase out Guthion and increase their use of Integrated Pest Management?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 277 53.1
Yes 245 46.9
Total 522 100
Missing = 24
 
 
E6: Did you participate in a WSU-organized Pest Management Transition Project (PMTP) Implementation Unit in 2010?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 414 80.5
Yes 100 19.5
Total 514 100
Missing = 32
 
 
E7: Would you be interested in more training on how to use Guthion alternatives to manage pests?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 270 53.4
Yes 236 46.6
Total 506 100
Missing = 40
 
 

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