A note on privacy: This survey is anonymous.
The intent of this survey is to prioritize research needs of growers of specialty cider apple cultivars in New England. You may answer none, any, or all questions in the survey, but complete surveys will generate more meaningful results.

This survey will be only be open until September 7. It should take 3-5 minutes to complete.

Survey results will be reported to grant providers, administrators  and the academic community to quantify impacts and justify support for cider apple research and outreach on behalf of New England farmers. Your participation in completing this survey is appreciated. All data will be kept confidential and will not be linked back to any individual operation. This survey complies with Institutional Review Board policies at the University of Vermont (UVM) under project CHRBSS: 18-0332.

Questions regarding this survey may be directed to:
Terence Bradshaw, tbradsha@uvm.edu, (802)656-0972.

Questions regarding Institutional Review Board policies and procedures may be directed to:
irb@uvm.edu, or (802)656-5040.

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* 1. Are you presently growing cider apples on your farm?

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* 2. Are you considering growing or increasing plantings of cider apples on your farm?

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* 3. What opportunities do you see in growing cider apples? Please rank.

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* 4. Please rank the following issues for your perception of their effect on difficulty in producing cider apples on your farm:

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* 5. Please rate each potential research focus 1-5 with 1= Lowest priority and 5=highest priority. These are not ranked, each focus is independent of the others. Consider that this research will be conducted in a three-year timeframe and with not unlimited funds.

  Lowest priority Highest priority N/A
Cultivar evaluation
Canopy management – hedging
Training systems; low vs high density
Fire blight modelling and management
Specific cider IPM programs
Managing biennialism with plant growth regulators
Harvest mechanizaton

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* 6. Rate the following outputs for their potential effectiveness in delivering research results

  Not useful Moderately useful Highly useful N/A
Regional cider-specific session at New England Vegetable & Fruit Meetings in winter
Separate, specific cider apple production meetings
On-farm twilight meetings
Project-specific website
Project-specific email list and newsletters
Project-specific social media