2008 Use Statistics for Virginia Fruit Page

The Virginia Fruit Home Page received 10,521 visits from January through December 2008, based on numbers acquired from the Virginia Tech server for actual requests (not in-page counters). But such visits to the home page itself represents only the tip of the iceburg. Altogether there were 352,851 visits to pages within this web site in 2008.

Of the fruit crop home pages represented in the Virginia Fruit Page, the Apple Page received the most use (6,824 visits), followed by the Peach Page (4,159 visits), the Small Fruit page (2,511 visits), the Pear Page (1,766 visits), and the Grape page (1,322 visits).

Within the Apple Page, biological information on pests, predators and bees received much interest. The Apple IPM page received 4,263 visits, and pages associated with Direct Pests 37,144 visits, Indirect Pests 23,872 visits, and Orchard Predators 17,893 visits. This provides a complement to the West Virginia page, which has an emphasis on disease management. Among grape pests, those causing direct injury received 10,409 visits, and 32,865 for those causing indirect injury.

The dozen leading pest species across fruit crops whose pages were visited were (in
decreasing order) stink bugs, Japanese beetle, codling moth, European red mite, green June beetle, periodical cicada, spirea aphid, plum curculio, oriental fruit moth, Drosophila pomace flies, tarnished plant bug, and grape phylloxera.

The site continues to be used by both commercial and home fruit producers, reflected by use statistics for pages based on Virginia Tech pest management recommendations. There were 24,420 visits to pages associated with the Spray
Bulletin for Commercial Tree Fruit Growers (45% Apple, 27% Peach and Nectarine, 12% Pear, 9% Cherry, 7% Plum), 1,703 visits to pages associated with the Spray Guide for Commercial Vineyards, 2,511 visits to pages associated with the Spray Guide for Commercial Small Fruit (47% Blueberry, 31% Strawberry, 22% Caneberry), and 15,548 visits to pages associated with the Spray Guide for Home Fruit (50% Apple and Pear, 19% Grape, 13% Stone Fruit, 8% Blueberry, 6% Strawberry, 4% Caneberry). (In the VCE website, the PDF version of the commercial tree fruit guide received 43,145 visits, the commercial vineyard site received 868 visits, the commercial small fruit guide received 431 visits, and the home fruit guide received 1,158 visits).

A new section deals with the use of Personal Digital Assistants to distribute fruit IPM information. The page describing this project (Virginia Fruit AdVisor: PDAs as Extension Delivery Tools) received 331 visits. But the total visits for pages associated with the project were 25,982.

A new section, created in cooperation with the North American Rapsberry and Blackberry Association, received 2,608 visits.

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