Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Apple IPM Transition Project

Survey Results Summary

2011 Implementation Unit Members' Online Survey

Participants from the 2008 to 2010 Implementation Units who had provided us with email addresses were emailed an invitation to participate in a final project survey. The purpose of this survey was two-fold: 1) To assess the impact of the PMTP and 2) To give us an indication of how best to proceed in the future with our educational efforts. The invitation was resent three times to ensure that it was received and to remind people to take the survey before it closed. The survey was made using the online survey engine SurveyMonkey and invitations went out via ChimpMail, the same engine used to send out meeting and newsletter announcement during the course of the project. In all, 125 invitations went out with a survey participation rate of 42%. The survey was only 20 true-false or multiple choice questions. The summary of the survey results can be seen below.

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1. What was your primary role in the apple industry?
Percent Frequency
Grower/manager 55.8 29
Warehouse fieldman 13.5 7
Ag-Chem fieldman 15.4 8
Other * 15.4 8
answered question  52
skipped question  0
* Other: (count shown)
Private/independent consultant - 3
USDA/Gov - 3
Crop advisor - 1
Organic Program  Manager - 1
Q1-chart
 
2. How many apple orchard acres did you own, operate, manage or consult on in 2011?
Acreage Percent Frequency
< 50 17.3 9
51 - 100 7.7 4
101 - 500 21.2 11
501 - 1000 3.8 2
> 1000 46.2 24
N/A 3.8 2
answered question 52
skipped question 0
 
3. Did you make or contribute to pest management decisions in one or more apple orchard(s) in 2011?
  Percent Frequency
Yes 98.1 51
No 1.9 1
answered question  52
skipped question  0
 
4. Which Implementation Unit(s) did you participate in?
IU Attended Percent Frequency
Brewster 14.3 7
Chelan/Manson 6.1 3
Chelan Fruit 4.1 2
Double Diamond 8.2 4
McDougall 8.2 4
Northern Fruit 2.0 1
Orondo 8.2 4
Prosser 4.1 2
Quincy 20.4 10
Royal Slope 10.2 5
Spokane 8.2 4
Stemilt 8.2 4
Tonasket/Oroville 8.2 4
Yakima 6.1 3
Wapato 6.1 3
Washington Fruit 12.2 6
Zirkle Fruit 2.0 1
answered question  49
skipped question  3
 
5. For how many years did you participate in an IU?
  Percent Frequency
Less than 1 year 6.1 3
1 - 2 years 32.7 16
More than 2 years 61.2 30
answered question  49
skipped question  3
 
6. To what extent did participating in the Pest Management Transition Project (PMTP) influence your pest management decisions?
  Percent Frequency
A lot 30.6 15
A moderate amount 53.1 26
A little 14.3 7
Not at all 0.0 0
N/A 2.0 1
answered question  49
skipped question  3
 
7. To what extent has the IU handbook been a helpful resource for your pest management decisions?
  Percent Frequency
A lot 36.7 18
A moderate amount 44.9 22
A little 10.2 5
Not at all 0.0 0
I no longer have my IU handbook * 4.1 2
I never received or downloaded a IU handbook 4.1 2
answered question  49
skipped question  3
* indicates low value to handbook
indicates low interest
 
Q7 chart
 
8. To what extent have the PMTP newsletters been a helpful resource for your pest management decisions?
  Percent Frequency
A lot 28.6 14
A moderate amount 55.1 27
A little 16.3 8
Not at all 0.0 0
I do not read the PMTP newsletters 0.0 0
answered question  49
skipped question  3
 
9. To what extent has the PMTP website been a helpful resource for your pest management decisions?
  Percent Frequency
A lot 34.7 17
A moderate amount 38.8 19
A little 20.4 10
Not at all 0.0 0
I do not use the PMTP website 6.1 3
answered question  49
skipped question  3
 
10. Did you use or recommend AZM (Guthion) in 2011?
  Percent Frequency
Yes 39.6 19
No 60.4 29
answered question  48
skipped question  4
 
11. Did you use or recommend alternatives to AZM (Guthion) in 2011?
  Percent Frequency
Yes 97.9 47
No 2.1 1
answered question  48
skipped question  4
 
12. Which of the following products did you use or recommend in 2011? (select all that apply)
Product Percent Frequency
Assail 64.6 31
Altacor 77.1 37
Delegate 81.3 39
Intrepid 62.5 30
Calypso 37.5 18
Rimon 33.3 16
Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) 37.5 18
Granulosis virus 39.6 19
Proclaim 31.3 15
Success 56.3 27
Esteem 43.8 21
Lorsban 41.7 20
Guthion 37.5 18
answered question  48
skipped question  4
 
13. Did you use or recommend codling moth mating disruption in 2011?
  Percent Frequency
Yes 91.7 44
No 8.3 4
answered question  48
skipped question  4
 
14. Did codling moth cause unacceptable damage in apple orchards that you own, manage, or consult on in 2010?
  Percent Frequency
Yes 14.6 7
No 85.4 41
answered question  48
skipped question  4
 
15. Which one of the following pests is of greatest concern to you in regards to management?
Acreage Percent Frequency
Woolly apple aphid 31.3 15
Other aphids (Rosy, Green, etc.) 10.4 5
Mites 6.3 3
Leafroller 18.8 9
San Jose scale 2.1 1
Stink bugs 12.5 6
None of the above 14.6 7
Others * 4.2 2
answered question 48
skipped question 4
* Others:
1 - codling moth
2 - Spotted Wing Drosophila, all aphids, codling moth
 
16. Which of the following best reflects your approach to the Guthion phase-out in the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?
  Percent Frequency
I have not yet reduced my use of Guthion 2.1 1
I'm in the process of reducing my use of Guthion 36.2 17
I have already stopped using Guthion 55.3 26
I have never used Guthion, so the phase-out does not effect me 2.1 1
Other * 4.3 2
answered question  47
skipped question  5
* Others:
1 - I have only used it to get it out of the grower's inventory.
2 - I only write an AZM recommendation upon request.
 
17. Which one of the following has been the biggest obstacle to using alternatives to Guthion in the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?
  Percent Frequency
Alternatives are too expensive. 27.7 13
Alternatives are not as effective. 6.4 3
There are too many alternatives to choose from. 2.1 1
Alternatives cause other pest problems. 23.4 11
Export markets might not accept fruit with alternatives. 8.5 4
I do not face barriers in using alternatives to Guthion. 31.9 15
Other barrier(s) - please specify. 0.0 0
answered question  47
skipped question  5
 
18. How many pheromone traps did you use during the 2011 growing season?
Number of traps Percent Frequency
1 per 2.5 acre or less 17.0 8
1 per 2.6-5 acres 53.2 25
1 per 10.1 acres or more 27.7 13
I did not use pheromone traps during the 2011 season 2.1 1
answered question 47
skipped question 5
 
19. Did you use the WSU Decision Aid System (DAS) in 2011?
  Percent Frequency
Yes 93.0 40
No 7.0 3
answered question  43
skipped question  9
 
20. How would you most like to receive future updates on pest management topics?
  Percent Frequency
Newsletters (email, subscription links, or RSS feed) 53.5 23
Web pages (such as DAS) 53.5 23
By regular post mail 2.3 1
At industry meetings 9.3 4
At other in-person meetings (Fruit schools & workshops) 9.3 4
Through web-based courses (eLearning) 4.7 2
I do not wish to receive future updates. 0.0 0
answered question  43
skipped question  9
 

 

 

 

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