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Northey notes updated sensitive crops directory

By Staff | Feb 6, 2017

DES MOINES (IDALS) Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey said Jan. 24 Iowans with pesticide sensitive crops and apiaries to register their locations using the department’s new sensitive crop registry through FieldWatch Inc.

FieldWatch is a non-profit company that was created by Purdue University in collaboration with interested agricultural stakeholder groups.

The new registry offers two online platforms that provide state-of-the-art mapping features.

DriftWatch is a registry site for use by producers of commercial crops sensitive to pesticides and includes the online capacity to map boundaries around production fields.

BeeCheck is a registry site for beekeepers that designates one-mile radius boundaries around apiaries.

Sensitive crop producers with apiaries may enter hive locations using either the DriftWatch or BeeCheck registries.

“We’re excited to offer this new directory with all of its capabilities,” Northey said. “The mapping features, streamlined data entry, and increased accuracy of the information presented will promote better communication of sensitive site data between farmers and pesticide applicators.

“By improving our Sensitive Crop Registry we hope to make sure Iowa continues to be a great place for all types of agriculture.”

Commercial pesticide applicators are also encouraged to register through FieldWatch to gain increased access to mapping features and e-mail notifications about new sensitive sites in their spray areas.

Applicators can also access downloadable files including shapefiles, Excel, csv or live stream through a software provider for a $100 per year fee. Agriculture retailers can join for a $500 fee and $100 per location to give multiple applicators access to the downloadable files.

An information session for applicators will be held during the FieldWatch annual meeting on Feb. 15 as part of the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

More information about this session is available online at agribizshowcase.com.

Along with apiary sites, half an acre or larger commercial vineyards, orchards, fruit and vegetable grow sites, nursery and Christmas tree production sites, and certified organic crops are included in the registry.

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