Pesticide Drift Issues Can Hurt Organic Growers

Over the past few months, I have had a number of questions about pesticide drift onto organic fields, pesticide applicators who want to know where organic fields are located, organic growers who want pesticide applicators to know about organic fields, and conventional growers who want to know where organic fields are located.  That is a lot of information to keep track of but there may be a system!

I reached out to FieldWatch and Curt Hadley who is Business Development Manager for Field Watch and is a great contact for what they do.  In the process of visiting with Curt about Field Watch and how it might benefit organic growers in Texas he quickly said, “I need to write this down and make it available to your growers!” Here is his thoughts….

“How New Areas Can Approach the Need for FieldWatch Registries”

by Curt Hadley

We are often asked how new states / provinces / areas join FieldWatch and bring the registries to their areas. With 24 US states, Washington DC and 1 Canadian Province in Saskatchewan in the registry network we could tell you that they all joined the same – that would be far from the truth! The fact is that there are many ways that states / provinces / areas have joined and brought the registries to their respective areas, but there is one common thread……just click this link to go to the website and read Curt’s article (How New Areas Can Approach the Need for FieldWatch Registries – FieldWatch)

As the Extension Organic Specialist, I would like to know if this is something I need to help organize for Texas and Texas organic producers. I am willing, but I do need to hear from you to make it happen.  Bob

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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