The intent of the survey is to determine how apple growers in New England obtain printed or web-based production information and support, with a focus on Extension sources. It will be used to guide Extension in selecting ways to provide growers with information. You may answer some, all or none of the questions, of course, but complete surveys will give more helpful results.

The survey will be open until March 7, 2019. It should take 10 minutes or less to complete. The survey has more than one page - please hit NEXT at the bottom of each page.

This survey is anonymous. Survey results will be reported to grant agencies, administrators and the academic community in order to improve support to New England apple producers. Your participation is greatly appreciated. All individual data will be kept confidential.

Questions about this survey may be addressed to the co-ordinator or to your state Extension tree fruit professional:

Daniel Cooley, Survey coordinator
413.531.3383
dcooley@umass.edu

Jon Clements, Massachusetts
413.478.7219
jon.clements@umass.edu

Terence Bradshaw, Vermont
802.922.2591
Terence.Bradshaw@uvm.edu

Mary Concklin, Connecticut
860.486.6449
mary.concklin@uconn.edu

Heather Faubert, Rhode Island
401.256.7438
hhf@uri.edu

George Hamilton, New Hampshire
603.641.6060
george.hamilton@unh.edu

Glen Koehler, Maine
207.485.0918
glen.koehler@maine.edu

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* 1. For the following ways of getting  PRINTED apple production information, please indicate which if any you use and rate their usefulness. Please limit to PRINTED versions; web versions are covered in the next question.

  Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not used
New England Tree Fruit Management Guide
Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Tree Fruit Production
Tree fruit guide from outside New England or NY
Fruit Notes
Fruit Quarterly
Trade publications, i.e. Good Fruit, American Fruit Grower, or Fruit Growers News

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* 2. For the following ways of getting  ON-LINE apple production information, please indicate which if any you use, and rate their usefulness. Please limit to ON-LINE versions; print versions are covered above.

  Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not used
New England Tree Fruit Management Guide
Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Tree Fruit Production
Guide from outside New England and NY
Fruit Notes
Fruit Quarterly
Trade sites such as Good Fruit, American Fruit Grower, or Fruit Growers News

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* 3. If you use an emailed or online newsletter, or a web site or blog, please indicate which one(s), and rate how useful it or they are to your orchard management.

  Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not used
UMass Healthy Fruit
UConn Crop Talk
UVM Fruit News
URI IPM Updates
UNH Vegetable & Fruit News
UMaine Maine Tree Fruit Newsletter
Cornell/NY Scaffolds
Private consultant's newsletter or web site
Industry newsletter or web site, such as Good Fruit, American Fruit Grower, or Fruit Growers News

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* 4. For the following sources of information, please indicate how important it is to have it available in printed form.

  Important Somewhat important Not important
Management guides, such as the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide
Regular research publications from universities, such as Fruit Notes and Fruit Quarterly
Newsletters, such as Healthy Fruit 

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* 5. If you use a phone app in making apple production decisions, please indicate which, and rate its usefulness.

  Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not used
MyIPM
Eco Apple App
Agrian
New England Tree Fruit Management Guide on phone

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* 6. If you do not use a phone app, why not? Please check all that apply.

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* 7. If you have used a web-based or email-based decision support system in the last year, please indicate which one(s) and rate its usefulness.

  Very useful Useful Somewhat useful Not useful
NEWA
Ag-Radar
RIMpro
SkyBit

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* 8. If you do not use a decision support system, why not? Please check all that apply.

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* 9. Would you be interested in getting training in using phone apps or decision support systems for apple orchard management?

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* 10. What are the top three specific issues where you see a need for more timely updates or alerts about an immediate or rapidly developing threat, or other critical timing for sprays or other actions?

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* 11. What are three production, marketing or other issues related to your tree fruit business for which you could use more information or training?

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* 12. What is your occupation in the apple industry?

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* 13. If you are an owner, manager or employee of a commercial orchard, or a hobbyist, approximately how many acres is the orchard you are involved in?

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* 14. Please check crops which are grown on your farm, or for which you consult.

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* 15. If you are a private consultant, approximately how many acres do you have in your business?

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* 16. Which state is your orchard in? If you have blocks in multiple states, or consult in multiple states, please check all that apply.

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