APMTP, AIPMTP, orchard, 2008 Apple Survey - Demographics - farm operations

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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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F1: How many total apple orchard acres did you own, operate, or manage in 2008?
 
Mean Acres Non-responses
193.2 22
 
 
F2: Of the total apple orchard acres you owned, operated, or managed in 2008, how many acres were in the following categories?
 
Category Mean Acres Non-responses
Certified organic apple acres 14.8 28
Transition to certified organic apple acres 7.4 34
Conventional apples with some use of OP insecticides 130.4 36
Conventional apples with no use of OP insecticides 56.7 37
 
 
F3: In what region(s) is/are the apple orchard(s) you own or manage located?
 
Region Frequency Percent
Upper Yakima Valley 90 a 22.9
Lower Yakima Valley
(Union Gap to Benton City)
79 20.1
Wenatchee 71 b 18.1
Columbia Basin 69 c 17.6
Okanogan 64 d 16.3
Chelan/Manson 48 e 12.2
Tri-Cities 18 4.6
Columbia Gorge 8 f 2.0
Ellensburg 3 0.8
Other 9 2.5
Missing = 10
  footnotes:
a Includes 2 respondents who selected “other” and lived in Naches Valley or Tieto.n
b Includes 5 respondents who selected “other” and lived in Cashmere, Malaga, Peshastin, and Squilchuck/Wenatchee Heights.
c Includes 5 respondent who selected “other” and lived in Douglas County or Mattawa.
d Includes 1 respondent who selected “other and lived in Upper Columbia River area.
e Includes 6 respondents who selected “other” and lived in Entiat, Orondo, or Stayman and Flats.
f Includes 1 respondent who selected “other” and lived in Milton Freewater/Hood River Oregon.
 

Other
   Eastern WA (5)
   • Spokane County (2)
   • Asotin County
    • Walla Walla
   • Cold Creek

   Western WA (4)
   • Western WA
   • Whatcom County
   • Mt. Vernon
   • Skagit

 

 
 
F4: Which of the following categories best represents the 2008 gross farm income from all the apple orchard(s) you own or manage?
 
Gross income Frequency Percent
Less than $25,000 59 16.0
$25,000 - $49,999 44 11.9
$50,000 - $99,999 36 9.7
$100,000 - $249,999 76 20.5
$250,000 - $499,999 46 12.4
$500,000 - $999,999 42 11.4
$1 M - $2.4 M 30 8.1
$2.5 M - $5 M 19 5.1
More than $5 M 18 4.9
Total 370 100.0
Missing = 33
 
 
F5: How many acres of the following other tree fruit crops did you own or manage?
 
Crop Mean
conventional
acres with
some use
of OPs
Mean
conventional
acres with no
use of OPs
Mean
transitional
acres
Mean
certified
organic
acres
Total Missing
Cherry 21.6 7.8 0.4 2.1 31.9 91, 92
Pear 18.3 6.4 1.0 2.0 27.7 91, 92
Apricot 0.6 0.1 0 0.2 0.9 91, 92
Peach 0.5 0.1 0 0.1 0.7 91, 92
Nectarine 0.3 0 0 0.2 0.5 91
Prune 0.1 0 0 0 0.1 91
Other 2.1 2.2 0.1 0.4 4.7 91

Other
  • Grapes (wine, concord, juice) (9)
  • Apples (7)
  • None (5)
  • Bluebeeries (2)
  • Pluots (2)
  • Plums (1)

 
 

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