By Vic Ford, Associate Vice President – drift watch Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Whitney Haigwood, Technical and Social Media Writer – Agriculture and Natural Resources
Are you involved in Arkansas row crop manufacturing, industrial horticulture, or beekeeping? While the 2022 growing season brings many uncertainties, one which stays is the significance of waft safety and control. FieldWatch® is right here to help, by hosting a registry of mapped locations with pesticide-touchy plants and beehives. This era is made viable by means of precise online structures provided in partnership among FieldWatch, Inc.® and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
FieldWatch is a non-income organisation that become created in December of 2012. It gives generation tools based totally on a 2008 application released by means of Purdue University. This internet-based application stuck the eye of neighboring states, and FieldWatch become formed to offer secure, online stewardship gear. Since its establishment, FieldWatch has grown right into a national mapping registry of area of expertise vegetation and apiaries, serving twenty-one states and one Canadian province. Participation is voluntary, and membership is offered without charge.
The database of registered web sites offers a collaborative communication tool for farmers and applicators to help prevent drift harm to their pals. The partnership among FieldWatch and the Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service enables Arkansas manufacturers to access different FieldWatch merchandise, inclusive of Driftwatch™, BeeCheck™, and FieldCheck™. Sites registered with this era permit Arkansas pesticide applicators to discover pesticide-touchy plants and beehives to adjust their spraying as a result.
DriftWatch is designed for managers and proprietors of crop fields used for commercial production, of at the least a half of-acre in size. The Arkansas database accommodates over 20 forte crop kinds. These include row crops, horticulture, evergreens, and floriculture. The web site permits farmers and producers to map out their cropping structures using an online mapping device. Users can enter details about the crop website online to include developing situations, pesticide tolerances, and comments for the general public registry. Submitted planting websites are entered into the registered public database, upon approval from the nation facts steward.
BeeCheck is an online registry for beehives and apiaries. It is designed for both business and interest beekeepers. Users of BeeCheck can map out hives and apiary places and provide web page info for the general public registry. This empowers a collaborative conversation tool between beekeepers and pesticide applicators.
Note: Beehives owned by using vegetation and industrial horticulture manufacturers may be registered through their DriftWatch account.
FieldWatch registries are voluntary and publicly to be had. Applicators can get right of entry to the map of registered crop and beehive locations at the FieldWatch website. For brought advantages, applicators can sign up with FieldCheck™ and join place-particular e-mail notifications for brand spanking new crops and beehive registries authorized of their “alert location.”
For greater records, go to the FieldWatch page on the Cooperative Extension internet site of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Arkansas Drought Resource Center
FieldWatch, Inc.® for Arkansas Producers
Arkansas Biological Soil Amendments Animal Origin Workshop