Restricted Use Pesticide Recordkeeping Tools

The label for over-the-top application of dicamba in soybeans and cotton has been extended through December 2020. ( Lindsey Benne )

With spraying season upon farmers it’s important to make accurate record keeping a priority. In the case of restricted use pesticides, hold on to those records for at least three years. Several restricted use pesticides have websites or applications with record keeping tools and some universities offer tools as well.

The University of Nebraska offers a free online recordkeeping tool. Information fits onto one page and provides all the details needed for restricted-use pesticide applications. The university encourages farmers to keep records for even non-restricted use pesticides, too.

If you want to use Nebraska’s record keeping tool, click here and look under the private applicator tab. The restricted use pesticide, specifically dicamba products such as XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia, records can be found here.

Tool helps applicators identify sensitive crops.

Fieldwatch is piloting a program called CropCheck to map crops by herbicide-resistant traits. Crops include cotton, corn and soybeans. Fieldwatch also owns Driftwatch and BeeCheck tools for beekeepers, specialty crop growers and pesticide applicators.

“This program is increasing communication and awareness between beekeepers, gorwers and pesticide applicators,” said Pat Jones, deputy director of pesticide programs in a recent press release. “Since April of 2016, North Carolina 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.”

Its new CropCheck tool allows farmers to be aware of specific herbicide-resistant traits of crops in neighboring fields, which allows farmers to adjust their spraying program.  For pesticides such as dicamba this helps farmers to identify downwind sensitive crops to stay compliant with the label.