Area Producers Taking Advantage Of Sensitive Crop Registry

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is reporting the successful revamping of the Iowa Sensitive Crops Registry and is encouraging eligible producers to re-save their data for the 2018 season. “We have been encouraged to see such a strong response to the updated directory and the positive feedback to the improved mapping features, streamlined data entry and increased accuracy,” says Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. He adds they are hopeful that both farmers and applicators will continue to take advantage of the directory to promote better communication around sensitive sites. The updated directory was launched last January in partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. More than 1,500 producers of pesticide-sensitive crops have registered 740 fields covering almost 33,000 acres. Apiarists have registered over 1,700 apiaries containing over 11,000 beehives. Along with apiary sites, half an acre or larger commercial vineyards, orchards, fruit and vegetable sites, nursery and Christmas tree production sites and certified organic crops can be included in the registry. Links to the login page can be found below.

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Iowa Sensitive Crop Registry and FieldWatch login pages:

          www.iowaagriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/sensitiveCropDirectory.asp

 

Questions can also be addressed to the IDALS State Horticulturist, Paul Ovrom at: 515-242-6239 or paul.ovrom@iowaagriculture.gov