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STEWARDSHIP: Handy online tools let applicators know where specialty crop fields, beehives and other “no-spray” areas are located.

Check FieldWatch before applying pesticides

Avoid problems by checking online registry for “no spray” areas before you apply pesticides.

Prepare for a safe pesticide application season by checking the FieldWatch registry before making pesticide applications at The registry is intended to provide easy-to-use, accurate and secure online tools to enhance communications and awareness between crop producers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators.

FieldWatch features a voluntary mapping tool through Google Maps that shows pesticide applicators the locations of registered sensitive crops, organic crops and beehives, so applicators can make informed decisions regarding potential pesticide applications to nearby fields. Taking time to review what is near a field prior to applications helps prevent off-target application and drift problems, and helps commercial applicators comply with the Iowa bee rule.

Be a good neighbor

Pesticide applicators can register with FieldCheck by FieldWatch to receive automated emails telling them when a specialty crop field or apiary site has been newly approved in the area the applicator designates and to locate apiaries not visible to the public. Farmers can register their sensitive crops on the DriftWatch Specialty Crop Site Registry, and beekeepers can register their hive locations on the BeeCheck Apiary Registry.

In addition to the FieldWatch website, two mobile apps can be used to access and input data. The FieldCheck by FieldWatch app gives applicators easy access to specialty crop information and beehive locations from their mobile devices. The BeeCheck app lets beekeepers easily make changes in location of their beehives. Both apps are available free for Android and iOS devices.

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