APMTP, AIPMTP, orchard, 2010 Apple Survey - Farm Operations

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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.
F1: How many total apple orchard acres did you own, operate, or manage in 2010?
 
Mean Acres Non-responses
234.5 29
 
 
F2: Of the total apple orchard acres you owned, operated, or managed in 2010, how many acres were in the following categories?
Category Mean Acres Non-responses
Certified organic apple acres 10.4 37
Transition to certified organic apple acres 0.8 38
Conventional apples with some use of OP insecticides 140.0 35
Conventional apples with no use of OP insecticides 81.1 42
 
 
F3: In what region(s) is/are the apple orchard(s) you own or manage located?
 
Region Frequency Percent
Lower Yakima Valley
(Union Gap to Benton City)
105 19.4
Upper Yakima Valley 95 17.6
Okanogan 92 17.0
Columbia Basin 87 16.1
Wenatchee 82 15.2
Chelan/Manson 68 12.6
Tri-Cities 34 6.3
Columbia Gorge 7 1.3
Ellensburg 6 1.1
Other 16 3.0
Missing = 5
 

Other

   • Blue Mountain foothills
   • Douglas Co
   • Grant Co
   • Milton-Freewater, OR
   • Skagit Valley
   • Spokane-Greenbluff
   • Walla Walla
   • Western WA

 

 
 
F4: Which of the following categories best represents the 2010 gross farm income from all the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?
 
Gross income Frequency Percent
Less than $25,000 61 12.4
$25,000 - $49,999 56 11.4
$50,000 - $99,999 70 14.3
$100,000 - $249,999 96 19.6
$250,000 - $499,999 69 14.1
$500,000 - $999,999 45 9.2
$1 M - $2.4 M 53 10.8
$2.5 M - $5 M 21 4.3
More than $5 M 20 4.1
Total 491 100
Missing = 55
 
 
 
F5: How many acres of the following other tree fruit crops did you own or manage?
 
Crop Mean
conventional
acres with
some use
of OPs
Mean
conventional
acres with no
use of OPs
Mean
transitional
acres
Mean
certified
organic
acres
Total
Cherry 31.5 10.5 1.1 0.8 43.9
Pear 12.2 7.0 1.1 2.4 22.7
Apricot 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.6 1.7
Peach 0.9 0.1 0 0.6 1.6
Nectarine 0.5 0 0 0.5 1.0
Prune 0.1 0 0 0.1 0.1
Other 4.8 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.2

Other
  • None (8)
  • Grapes (4)
  • Apples (4)
  • Plums (3)
  • Pluots (2)
  • Hay (1)

 
 

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