Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Apple IPM Transition Project

Survey Results

2009 Field Season Consultant Survey

The 2009 Field Season Consultant Survey was mailed out in January 2010. The results of that survey are now available for viewing online here or you can download the written report. The results of this survey will be compared to the 2007 Field Season Consultant Survey and compiled. A report of compariative findings will be posted when complete.

2009 Consultant Survey Results
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E1: How important were the following as sources of information for making pest control decisions in the apple orchard(s) for which you provide recommendations?

 

Information Sources Mean Scores on a Scale
from 1 (“Not Important”)
to 5 (“Very Important”)
Non-
responses
WSU Decision Aid System (real-time web-based delivery of pest models and management guidelines) 4.32 3
WSU Crop Protection Guide (EB0419) 4.17 4
Other professional consultants 4.08 1
Insecticide label information 3.99 3
WSU researchers 3.95 5
Conferences, workshops, or seminars 3.89 2
Other agricultural chemical distributor fieldmen 3.79 1
Internet-based resources 3.74 3
WSU Extension educators 3.71 2
Formal education or continuing education classes 3.52 3
Growers/managers 3.40 4
Non-WSU researchers 3.15 4
Field days or farm tours 2.84 3
Newsletters or magazines 2.72 4
Other packing warehouse fieldmen 2.53 4
Commodity or grower association 2.26 3
Marketing organization 1.98 4
Family members 1.53 8
Radio 1.47 4

 

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

E1

 
E2: Did you use the Internet-based WSU Decision Aid System (DAS) to guide your pest management recommendations in 2009?

 

  Frequency Percent
No 11 9.6
Yes 104 90.4
Total 115 100.0
Missing = 5
E2
 
E3: Do you know about the AZM (Guthion) Stewardship Program to reduce worker exposure to organophosphate pesticides (run by the company MANA)?

 

  Frequency Percent
No 78 66.1
Yes 40 33.9
Total 118 100.0
Missing = 2
E3
 
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?

 

  Frequency Percent
No 39 32.8
Yes 80 67.2
Total 119 100.0
Missing = 1
E4
 
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?

 

  Frequency Percent
No 15 12.6
Yes 104 87.4
Total 119 100.0
Missing = 1
E5
 
E6: Did you participate in a WSU-organized Pest Management Transition Project (PMTP) Implementation Unit in 2009?

 

  Frequency Percent
No 65 54.6
Yes 54 45.4
Total 119 100.0
Missing = 1
E6
 
E7: Would you be interested in more training on how to use Guthion alternatives to manage pests?

 

  Frequency Percent
No 43 38.1
Yes 70 61.9
Total 119 100.0
Missing = 7
E7
 
 

 

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