The New Mexico Department of Agriculture recently purchased the DriftWatch registry for NM producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators. This is a voluntary web based tool that will be available beginning August 6, 2014. NMDA is excited to extend this Drift prevention tool for the people of NM.
What is DriftWatch?
The DriftWatch® Specialty Crop Site Registry is a voluntary online tool that is intended to help pesticide applicators and specialty crop growers in Member States communicate more effectively and to promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and/or manage drift appropriately. DriftWatch was originally designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications.
How does DriftWatch work?
Producers of high-value specialty crops, such as tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes and vegetables, map their sites online with an easy-to-use mapping tool and provide contact information about their operation. Likewise, commercial beekeepers register and map their hives the same way. Pesticide applicators access the website to help determine the scope and location of specialty crops and beehives in their trade areas. DriftWatch provides the platform to facilitate better awareness, communication and interaction between all parties as one part of ongoing stewardship activities.
Who can use DriftWatch?
DriftWatch is free and the site locations are viewable by the public; but, not just anyone can register crop sites or fields. The tool is for specialty crop producers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators. Only managers and owners of specialty crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre will have fields approved. It is not intended for homeowner gardens. Each site submission is reviewed by NMDA before being placed on the public map.
Information in article directly quoted from DriftWatch website. https://nm.driftwatch.org/