Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Apple IPM Transition Project

Survey Results

2007 Field Season Consultant Survey

The first set of surveys went out to apple industry consultants in July 2008. The results are now available for viewing online here or you can download the report. Another consultant survey went out in January of 2010 asking about practices during the 2009 field season. The results of that survey are now available for viewing by clicking the link to the left.

Consultant Survey Results
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Over the past three years, how important were each of the following as sources of information in helping you provide pest control recommendations to your clientele?

 

Information Sources Mean Scores on a Scale
from 1 (“Not Important”)
to 5 (“Very Important”)
Non-
responses
Other professional consultants 4.28 0
WSU Decision Aid System (web-based IPM models and management)a 4.28 0
WSU researchers 4.21 1
Conferences, workshops, or seminars 4.05 0
WSU Extension educators 3.74 1
Internet-based resourcesb 3.73 0
WSU Crop Protection Guide (EB0419) 3.62 1
Other agricultural chemical distributor fieldmen 3.55 0
Formal education or continuing education classes 3.51 1
Non-WSU researchers 2.97 2
Growers 2.95 1
Newsletters or magazines 2.82 1
Field days or farm toursc 2.64 1
Packing warehouse fieldmend 2.08 2
Commodity or grower association 2.08 2
Family members 1.74 1
Marketing organization 1.67 1

a 1 comment = Wrote “Plus! (underlined)” for WSU decision aid system (web-based IPM models & mgmt)
b 1 comment = Wrote “DAC” (misspelling for DAS?) for internet-based resource
c 1 comment = Wrote “usually held during the day (work week) when we are unable to attend” for field days or farm tours
d
1 comment = Wrote “less,” “less 1” for packing warehouse fieldmen & left question blank)

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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