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Reminder: Sensitive Crop Producers, Apiarists to Register with State Registry
Iowa Ag Connection - 05/28/2009

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey reminded Iowa's sensitive crops producers and apiarists that the aerial spray season will begin in June and encouraged them to register sites with pesticide sensitive crops on the Department's Sensitive Crops Registry. "No Spray" field markers that signal pesticide sensitive areas to both aerial and land applicators are also available for producers.

"The information you post to the Registry's website and the markers you place around your fields will help pesticide applicators locate your operations and minimize the chance of drift damage to your sensitive crops and hives," Northey said.

Commercial fruit and vegetable growers, commercial vineyards and orchard owners, commercial organic crop producers or apiarists in the state of Iowa are eligible to register the locations of their hives or commercial crops or validate their 2008 information for the 2009 calendar year on the site.

To register sites or download an order form for "No Spray" signs, please go the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's web site at www.IowaAgriculture.gov and click on "Sensitive Crops Registry" under "Hot Topics."

To ensure that the information provided on this website is up to date, we require Iowa sensitive crops producers and apiarists to annually review and verify their Directory website information. Each year registrants will receive an e-mail or letter the Department notifying them that it is time to access the website to review, verify, and update their Sensitive Crops Directory information. Producer information that is not annually verified will be dropped from the website.

Those producers that do not have internet access will receive a printout of their sensitive crop information along with a letter asking that they review, edit if necessary, and return the information to the Department. The requested changes will be made and the website Directory information verified for the producer.

Questions and concerns can be directed to the Departments Bureau of Horticulture by calling Paul Ovrom at 515-242-5028 or Mike Bevins at 515-242-5043.

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