Instructions: Please mark the appropriate box with a “√ ”.

Section A: General awareness of fireweed

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* 1. What is the main enterprise of your farm?

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* 2. Are you able to identify fireweed?

*If answer is “No” or “Not sure” please go to Q 4

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* 3. At which growth stage are you able to identify fireweed plants? (mark all boxes that apply)

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* 4. Have you observed fireweed infestations on your land?
(mark only one box)

*If answer is “Yes”only please proceed further

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* 5. In which season do you see it often?
(mark all boxes that apply)

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* 6. How do you think fireweed was introduced to your farm/area? 
(mark as many boxes  as apply)

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* 7. Is fireweed your worst weed in your property?

Section B: Impact on pasture /crop productivity

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* 8. How long has fireweed been present on your property?

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* 9. Do you consider that fireweed is a problem on your property?

*If answer is “No” please go to Q 11

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* 10. If ” yes” for what reason do you personally consider fireweed a problem on your property
(mark as many boxes as apply).

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* 11. What percentage of your property is infested with fireweed?

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* 12. In the infested areas on your farm, what do you think is the average density of fireweed plants in a 1  meter square area?

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* 13. Does fireweed reduce your crop and pasture productivity and approximately what is the percentage of productivity reduction?

  No Yes, 0-10% reduction Yes, 0-20% reduction   Yes, 20-50% reduction Yes, more than 50% reduction
In a normal fireweed year- Crops
In a normal fireweed year- Pasture
In a bad fireweed year- Crops
In a bad fireweed year- Pasture
Section C: Animal health issues

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* 14. Do you have livestock on your farm?

*If answer is “Yes” please proceed further and if answer is “No”, please go to section “D”

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* 15. What type of animals do you have on your farm and indicate the total number of animal?

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* 16. Do you think fireweed can negatively affect the health of animals on your farm?

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* 17. Have any of your animals been affected by fireweed?

*If answer is “Yes”, please proceed further. In case of “No”or “Not sure” please go to section “D”

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* 18. If yes, please provide details of the effects of fireweed on your animals.

  Skin allergy  Breathing problems  Loss of appetite Reduced productivity  Death
Sheep
Goats
Cattle
Horse
Free range Chickens
Section D: Management of fireweed

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* 19. Do you attempt to control fireweed?

*If your answer is “Yes” please proceed to complete the remainder of the survey.

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* 20. If “yes”, how do you attempt to control it?
(mark as many boxes as apply)

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* 21. How successful have each of these methods been?
(mark as many boxes as apply)

  Low Moderate High
Pulling out by hand
Slashing
Cultivations
Herbicides
Grazing with Sheep or goats
Promoting competitive pastures

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* 22. Which situations favour the growth of fireweed on your farm?
(mark as many boxes as apply)

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* 23. In your experience what pasture species if any seem to control the growth of fireweed?
(mark as many boxes as apply)

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* 24. If you use herbicides to control fireweed, which ones have you found to be most effective to control the growth of fireweed?
(mark as many boxes as apply)

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* 25. On average, how much time and money would you spend in controlling fireweed?

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* 26. Other comments

Participant information

Personal and household characteristics (optional):

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* 27. Gender

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* 28. Age

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* 29. Educaion level

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* 30. Farming experience

Number of years farming

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* 31. Part-time farming

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* 32. Full time farming

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* 33. Annual household income (optional)

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* 34. Characteristics of the farm

Size of farm (ha)

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* 35. Crops grown area (ha)

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* 36. Type of pastures grow in your farm

Data will be analysed, and the outcomes will be circulated via regional advisors to the public.  If you would like to receive a summary of the key findings, please indicate your email address.

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* 37. Email address (optional)

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* 38. Postcode

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