FieldWatch Family Welcomes New Addition With CropCheck

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James Burnette Jr., NCDA&CS | 4/10/2019 | Via Morning AgClips

This year, farmers can add CropCheck, a pilot program offered by Field Watch, that allows growers to map small grain/commodity crops by herbicide-resident traits. Crops include cotton, corn, and soybeans.

It’s been three years since the online mapping programs Driftwatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable online tool for beekeepers, specialty crop growers, and pesticide applicators. All registries are free and easy to navigate.

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“This program is about increasing communication and awareness between beekeepers, growers and pesticide applicators,” said Pat Jones, deputy director of pesticides programs. “Since April of 2016, NorthCarolina growers have mapped more than 10,000 acres of specialty crops. We hope to see the same enthusiasm and support from our small grain/commodity crop growers.”

CropCheck allows the farming community to be aware of specific herbicide-resistant traits of crops in neighboring fields and then adjust their spray program to minimize the effect of herbicide drift to these important small grain crops. Labels of the new herbicide products containing dicamba require growers to monitor nearby susceptible crops through a state-sponsored program like CropCheck.

Growers, beekeepers, and pesticide users can access CropCheck, DriftWatch, and BeeCheck via the Pollinators page on the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services website. The website offers detailed instructions on how to sign up and use the mapping tools.

For more of the article, visit Morning AgClips.