Grower Survey

This survey is concerned primarily with cider apples that were intentionally grown for making hard cider, as opposed to cull dessert fruit cultivars, i.e., off-grade McIntosh, Cortland, etc. that were intended for fresh market sales but sold to cideries at marketing time due to reductions in fruit quality or similar factors.

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

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

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* 3. Please list acres of all apples grown

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* 4. Please list acres of all cider apples grown

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* 5. 1.     Please list cider apple cultivars and amount of each grown on your farm. If cider apples are easier counted in trees than acres, please do so and indicate that by placing a T next to the count for number of trees or an A to indicate number of acres.

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* 6. On how many acres of cider apples do you use the following management practices

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Reduced disease management inputs
Reduced insect management inputs
Hedging
Fruit spur removal
PGRs for return bloom

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* 7. What is the overall value of cider apples sold from your farm:
(Please do not count cull fruit from dessert cultivars that were intended for the fresh market. If you only make your own cider, please cite the price for raw materials you would charge the cidery from the orchard)

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

  Not a problem at all Slight problem Neutral Manageable problem Major problem
Cultivar Selection
Canopy management: pruning
Canopy management: training
Biennial bearing
Fireblight
Other disease issues
Insect management
Pruning 
Sunburn
Harvest labor
Sourcing nursery trees
Quality of nursery trees
Cold hardiness
Rootstock selection

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* 9. Please rate your comfort with the following characteristics of cider apple management

  Not comfortable at all Slightly comfortable Neutral Generally comfortable Very comfortable
Cultivar evaluation
Canopy management; hedging
Training systems (low/high density)
Fireblight and other disease modeling and management
Specific cider IPM programs
Managing biennialism with plant growth regulators
Harvest mechanization

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* 10. How many applications of each of the following groups of pesticides were applied this year in your orchard

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