Plant Supply Issues

The NC Strawberry Association is interested in learning about plant supply issues and problems experienced by its members. This survey was developed in preparation for a discussion at the Strawberry Expo on Nov. 9 but additional responses are encouraged, as efforts on plant health issues are ongoing. Your responses to this questionnaire will help inform these discussions. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Questions 1-19 are for fruit growers and ask about your experiences with plants set out in 2012, 2011, and 2010.. Questions 20-27 are for commercial suppliers/producers of strawberry plants, plugs, and tips.
1. In which state are you located?
2. What is your strawberry acreage?
3. What plant type do you use? Check all that apply
4. If you use plugs, do you buy finished plugs or grow your own plugs?
5. If using bareroot or trim (cut off) plants, do you grow your own or buy them in?
6. What are your sources for each of the following?
7. In general , what is your level of satisfaction with your plant health this 2012 planting season?

IF YOU HAVE HAD A MEDIOCRE, POOR, OR WORST-EVER START IN 2012 PLEASE ANSWER QUESTIONS 8-12. OTHERWISE, MOVE ON TO QUESTION 13.
8. Did you send plants away for diagnosis?
9. Did you have to buy replants?
10. If you got replants, how many days after normal planting date did the replants get set out?
11. Do you think this will reduce your yield? If yes, by what percentage?
12. How would you describe theproblems with your plants? Check all that apply. :

13. In general, what was your level of satisfaction with your plant health in the 2011 planting season?

14. What were your sources for each of the following in 2011?
15. If you answered mediocre, poor, or worst-ever for plants in 2011, what were the problems?
16. In general, what was your level of satisfaction with your plant health in the 2010 planting season?

17. What were your sources for each of the following in 2010?
18. If you answered mediocre, poor, or worst-ever for plants in 2010, what were the problems?
19. Please share any other comments or suggestions.
THE QUESTIONS BELOW ARE FOR COMMERCIAL PRODUCERS OF STRAWBERRY TIPS, PLUGS, CUT OFFS, AND/OR BAREROOT PLANTS.
20. What type of transplant do you supply/produce?
21. What quantity do you supply? ___tips, ___plugs, ___br's
22. What are the major pests or pathogens you experience with each plant type in the nursery?
23. What are the major challenges NOT involving pests/pathogens that you experience with each plant type in the nursery?
24. What are your other major concerns with the nursery production system? Please comment.
25. What type of certification/inspection do your plants carry?
26. How would you evaluate this certification program?
27. Any other comments you would like to share: