By Kristine Schaefer, Department of Entomology
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is developing a new registry that will provide a list of locations of sensitive crops in addition to apiaries.
This list of locations, available to pesticide applicators in an online directory, will be provided so pesticide applicators can be aware of sensitive areas prior to making pesticide applications.This will, in turn, help to minimize the potential for damage from pesticide drift.
Persons who raise sensitive crops (vineyards, orchards, certified organic crops and fruit and vegetable crops) and beekeepers will need to register with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Field markers will be available to registered producers so sensitive areas are clearly marked and visible to both ground and aerial applicators.
Kristine Schaefer is an extension program specialist with the Pest Management and the Environment Program.