Check FieldWatch® Before Pesticide Applications

March 31, 2023
ICM News

Prepare for a safe pesticide application season by checking the FieldWatch® registry before making pesticide applications. The FieldWatch® registry provides 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 and beehives so they can make informed decisions regarding pesticide applications. Taking the time to review what is near a field prior to applications helps prevent off-target application problems and helps commercial applicators comply with the Iowa Bee Rule.

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There are several easy ways to access information on the FieldWatch® website.

  1. Pesticide applicators can register with FieldCheck by FieldWatch® to receive automated emails that tell them when a specialty crop field or apiary site has been newly entered in the areas the applicator designates and to locate apiaries not visible to the public. Applicators registered with FieldCheck may add additional sensitive sites (e.g. private gardens, ornamentals) that may be sensitive to chemical drift but don’t meet the criteria to be listed publicly on FieldWatch®. These sites are visible only to the applicator who added them but are useful in preparing for and making pesticide applications. A 2022 blog has more information on registering with FieldCheck for applicators.
  2. Applicators who prefer not to register for FieldCheck can look for nearby registered sensitive crops and apiaries by clicking FieldWatch Map on the menu of the FieldCheck or DriftWatch webpages. Applicators simply need to click the state map they want to access and can search for their location and filter by specific sensitive crop types or apiaries.
  3. Producers 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, there are two mobile apps that 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 allows beekeepers to easily make changes in the location of their beehives. Both apps are available free of charge for Android and iOS devices.


Android FieldCheck by Fieldwatch for applicators BeeCheck for beekeepers
iOS FieldCheck by FieldWatch for applicators BeeCheck for beekeepers

The FieldWatch® website also includes How-to videos and additional resources for producers, beekeepers, and applicators.

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Elizabeth Danielson Extension Specialist

Betsy Danielson is an extension specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).


Angie Rieck-Hinz Field Agronomist in NC Iowa

Angie Rieck-Hinz is a field agronomist in north central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She has worked for ISU Extension and Outreach for over 30 years, serving in various roles on campus and now in the field.  She works closely with farmers on integrated pes...