Data collected in this survey will be used to fulfill the objectives in two funded research projects:
Orchard Economic Assessment to Support Vermont Hard Cider Production. USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). PIs: T. Bradshaw, D. Conner.
Apple Market Optimization and Expansion through Value-Added Hard Cider Production. Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. PIs: T. Bradshaw, D. Conner.
The intent of these projects is to evaluate present production of cider apple cultivars in Vermont and the surrounding region and to guide future research and outreach programming. This survey differs from a previous survey conducted in association with these projects in that we are only seeking information on planting patterns and fruit production, not sales information. Because cider apple production figures are not collected in traditional agricultural census programs (i.e. NASS, USDA), it is critical to capture this information. Your support 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.
Information is being collected on production of specialty apple cultivars used for fermented cider production in New England. Please provide information on as many cultivars in the two classes that you grow. You may add additional cultivars that are not included in the lists. Apple cultivars are separated into two classes for the purpose of this project-
‘Cider apples’ which are grown exclusively for cider production and are not typically sold on the fresh market. Such apples may include: Chisel Jersey, Dabinett, Bulmer's Norman, Fillbarrel, Kingston Black, Medaille D'Or, Muscadet Dieppe, Orleans Reinette, Wickson, Yarlington Mill, Redfield, or others.
Dual purpose cultivars which have are used as specialty cultivars in cider making but which may also be sold on the fresh market. Cultivars may include: Baldwin, Northern Spy, Ida Red, Hudson's Golden Gem, Liberty, Golden Russett, Roxbury Russet, St Edmund's Russet, Calville Blanc, Esopus Spitzenburg, Elstar, or others which you have used or sold uniquely for fermented cider production.
We are not looking for data on common dessert apple cultivars, i.e.; Cortland, McIntosh, Empire, Delicious, Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, etc. If you have questions about what category to place a cultivar in, choose either and we will classify them based on consensus, respondents, or juice chemistry characteristics.
For rootstock, actual stock or size class (dwarf, semidwarf, standard) may be used. Please indicate top-grafted trees where appropriate. Establishment year is for year of planting or top-grafting. Production may be expressed in bushels, bins, or tons of fruit for each year. Please list non-bearing trees as well as bearing trees. If you have multiple blocks of the same cultivars, please enter separately. The intent of this survey is to assess potential supply of specialty cider apples in Vermont and the surrounding region.
There are 7 questions in this survey.