Iowa Sensitive Crops Directory Converted to FieldWatch, Inc.

May 25, 2017

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program, and the Iowa Agribusiness Association of Iowa want to remind pesticide applicators in Iowa that IDALS’ Sensitive Crop Directory has now partnered with the nonprofit company FieldWatch, Inc. to offer producers two online registries for sensitive crops and apiaries with a third online registry for applicators to view and download producer entries. These registries replace the former Iowa Sensitive Crop Directory. Applicators can access this registry through the IDALS website or directly through FieldWatch.

Applicators have three options for viewing information on the FieldWatch website:

Option 1: View the public map for free

  • All crop sites and beehives on an interactive map of Iowa

Option 2: Create a free account

  • All crop sites and beehives on an interactive map of Iowa
  • Ability to define alert area and receive email notifications of new sites
  • One mile radii visible around apiaries

Option 3: Pay an annual fee for downloadable files ($100 annually for applicators, $500 annually for agriculture retailers, and an additional $100 per location to give multiple applicators access.)

  • All crop sites and beehives on an interactive map of Iowa
  • Ability to define alert area and receive email notifications of new sites
  • One mile radii visible around apiaries
  • Downloadable files including shapefiles, Excel, CSV or live stream through a software provider

The new registry was made possible by the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation Award. Donors include the Iowa Agriculture Aviation Association, Syngenta Crop Protection, Dow AgroSciences, GROWMARK Foundation, Monsanto, BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Iowa Wine Growers Association, Crop Production Services, Inc., Helena Chemical, and Meridian Agriculture.

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. 

Questions can be directed to IDALS State Horticulturist, Paul Ovrom, at paul.ovrom@iowaagriculture.gov or 515-242-6239 or to FieldWatch representatives at support@fieldwatch.com.

ICM News

Links to this article are strongly encouraged, and this article may be republished without further permission if published as written and if credit is given to the author, Integrated Crop Management News, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. If this article is to be used in any other manner, permission from the author is required. This article was originally published on May 25, 2017. The information contained within may not be the most current and accurate depending on when it is accessed.

Authors: 

Kristine Schaefer PSEP Program Manager I

Kristine is the program manager for the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

...