By registering with Driftwatch™, farmers identify the locations of their sensitive crops and pastures using the point and click features of Google Maps®. Commercial fertilizer and pesticide applicators can then check the database and take special care to avoid organic land and other sensitive crops/forages when they are applying chemicals in the vicinity of these crops.
growers may register grapes and other fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, and
certified organic crops and pasture. The program is not intended for
homeowners; participants must have at least 1/2 acre of a certified organic or
other qualifying crop in commercial production. Minnesota
“Driftwatch™ is a free and voluntary program,” said Meg Moynihan, administrator of
MDA’s organic and
diversification programs. “We offer it to help landowners and pesticide
applicators communicate better – and to prevent problems before they happen.”
Driftwatch™ is offered by
through a partnership with .
For more information or to register land, go to www.driftwatch.org Purdue University