FieldWatch™ directory will replace Iowa’s current registry with goal to improve communication between farmers and applicators

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey today encouraged 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.

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