APMTP, AIPMTP, orchard, 2008 Apple Survey - Information Sources

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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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E1: How important were the following as sources of information for making pest control decisions in the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?

 

Information Sources Mean Scores on a Scale
from 1 (“Not Important”)
to 5 (“Very Important”)
Missing
Agricultural chemical distributor fieldmen 4.20 13
WSU Crop Protection Guide (EB0419) 3.67 27
Insecticide label information 3.53 28
Conferences, workshops, or seminars 3.45 27
WSU researchers 3.29 29
Packing warehouse fieldmen 3.21 19
Professional consultants 3.17 49
Formal education or continuing education classes 3.17 29
WSU Decision Aid System (real-time web-based delivery of pest models and management guidelines) 3.11 42
WSU Extension educators 2.97 33
Newsletters or magazines 2.96 25
Internet-based resources 2.62 36
Other growers/managers 2.61 33
Field days or farm tours 2.52 33
Non-WSU researchers 2.40 39
Commodity or grower association 2.21 34
Marketing organization 2.01 35
Family members 1.97 39
Radio 1.54 36

 

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

 
E2: Did you use the Internet-based WSU Decision Aid System (DAS) to guide your pest management practices in 2008?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 231 63.5
Yes 133 36.5
Total 364 100.0
Missing = 39
 
 
E3: Do you know about the AZM (Guthion) Stewardship Program to reduce worker exposure to organophosphate pesticides (run by the company MANA)?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 278 72.0
Yes 108 28.0
Total 386 100.0
Missing = 17
 
 
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?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 244 62.9
Yes 144 37.1
Total 388 100.0
Missing = 15
 
 
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?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 182 46.8
Yes 207 53.2
Total 389 100.0
Missing = 14
 
 
E6: Did you participate in a WSU-organized Pest Management Transition Project (PMTP) Implementation Unit in 2008?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 321 82.5
Yes 68 17.5
Total 389 100.0
Missing = 14
 
 
E7: Would you be interested in more training on how to use Guthion alternatives to manage pests?
 
Response Frequency Percent
No 143 38.4
Yes 229 61.6
Total 372 100.0
Missing = 31
 
 

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