Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Apple IPM Transition Project

Survey Results

2008 Apple Grower Survey

The 2008 Washington apple grower and manager pest management survey went out in February of 2009 to survey practices used during the 2008 crop season. Returns came in during July 2009. Out of nearly 1500 orchard owners and managers recieving surveys, about 27% choose to participate representing close to 78,000 acreas. Summary results of this survey were analyzed Fall of 2009 and are now available to view online.

Grower Survey Results
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A1: .Do you make pest management decisions in one or more apple orchard(s) in Washington?

 

Response Frequency Percent
No 11 2.8
Yes 388 97.2
Total 399 100.00
Missings = 4

 
A2: Do you own, operate, or manage ONLY organic or transitional organic apple orchard(s)?

 

Response Frequency Percent
No 395 100.0
Yes 0 0.0
Total 395 100.0
Missing = 8

 

 
A3: How would you describe your primary role in the apple orchard(s) with which you are associated?

 

Role Frequency Percent
I am the orchard owner (or one of multiple owners) ¹ 334 85.6
I am a hired orchard manager ² 49 12.6
Other 7 1.8
Total 390 100.0
Missing = 13


¹ Owner category includes 16 respondents who chose “other” but whose descriptions fit reasonably into the orchard owner category.
² Manager category includes 4 respondents who chose “other” but whose descriptions fit reasonably into the orchard manager category.

Other
Fieldman/Consultant (11)
No longer farming (1)

 
A4: Over the past three years, which insects caused unacceptable crop damage in the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?

 

Insect Frequency Percent
Codling moth 228 56.6
Leafroller 90 22.3
Wooly apple aphid 83 20.6
Rosy apple aphid 50 12.4
Stink bug 40 9.9
Thrips 40 9.9
Campylomma 37 9.2
San Jose scale 35 8.7
Green aphid 23 5.7
Spider mite 21 5.2
Leafminer 20 5.0
Lacanobia 14 3.5
Mealybug 12 3.0
Rust mite 11 2.7
Leafhopper 9 2.2
Other (Birds, Pear psylla, not specified (2)) 4 1.0
I did not have unacceptable crop damage. 137 34.0
Missing = 0

 

 
A5: Over the past three years, which one of the insects listed below has been the biggest production problem in the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?

 

Insect Frequency Percent
Codling moth 251 63.9
Checked multiple answers including codling moth 26 6.6
Leafroller 16 4.1
Woolly apple aphid 11 2.8
Campylomma 8 2.0
Stink bug 7 1.8
Thrips 6 1.5
Rosy apple aphid 5 1.3
Rust mite 2 0.5
Spider mite 1 0.25
Leafminer 1 0.25
Leafhopper 1 0.25
San Jose scale 1 0.25
Other ¹ 23 5.9
I have not had any problems with insecs in the apple orchard(s) I own or manage. 34 8.6
Total 393 100.0
Missing = 10

 

 

 

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