Commercial apple growers:
This survey is part of a research project being conducted in New England with Dan Cooley, Arthur Tuttle, and Jon Clements at the University of Massachusetts, Cheryl Smith, Bill MacHardy, George Hamilton at the University of New Hampshire, and Glen Koehler and Renae Moran at the University of Maine. The purpose of this survey is to collect information on changes that have occurred in the last two years in grower practices for scab control. Your previous responses have helped Extension specialists develop tools for apple growers to manage apple scab. We are conducting this research project in New England states, and will summarize the results in a report for growers this summer.
This is a follow-up survey to the one that was sent two years ago. It has the same 10 questions and will take approximately 7 minutes of your time.
Commercial raspberry and blueberry growers:
Please take this short survey about using netting to manage spotted wing drosophila.
Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii or SWD), is an invasive agricultural pest of thin-skinned-fruit that arrived in the Northeast around 2011. Hannah Link, through the University of Vermont, is conducting research about the viability of insect-netting to protect vulnerable berries from SWD damage. Her research will directly benefit the berry growing community, and the results will be made available on the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Grower’s Association website by January 2015.
Your input will help make sure that her research is useful to growers in the Northeast, and will only take about 5 minutes of your time.