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About the Ohio FieldWatch Registries

The first version of the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry (OSCR) was developed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and launched in March 2014. Four years later, in March 2018, Ohio partnered with FieldWatch, Inc. to use the DriftWatch, BeeCheck and CropCheck registry tools. These tools feature an easy-to-use Google Maps interface that clearly shows pesticide applicators the locations of mapped sensitive crops and beehives. The registry tools are freely available and voluntary to use; users will need to create separate accounts for each system they want to access.

  1. A crop producer or beekeeper first creates an account on either the DriftWatch, CropCheck, or BeeCheck system.
    1. Crop producers add new sites by selecting the crop type, growing condition, and pesticide tolerances (if using CropCheck). Beekeepers add new apiary sites by selecting the apiary type, number of hives, and ODA registration number.
    2. Crop producers then outline their fields on the map, while beekeepers place a marker on the map at the center of their apiary.
  2. Pesticide applicators then create an account on FieldCheck, optionally selecting an area of Ohio to receive notifications for.
    1. Applicators can then search the map for crops and apiaries near their target area, and find contact information for the producer/beekeeper nearby.
    2. Optionally, applicators paying a service fee can also access FieldWatch data from vendor licensee members who combine them with other mapping/GIS services.

Ohio site status (updated August 12, 2021)

Registered Apiaries: 954

Registered Applicators: 712

  Organically Grown acres Conventionally Grown acres Certified Organic acres
  Tolerance-specified Tolerance not-specified Tolerance-specified Tolerance not-specified Tolerance-specified Tolerance not-specified
 Aquaculture - - - 6 - -
 Brambles/Berries - 41 -

43

- 69 
 Fruit (Other) - 3 - 128 - -
 Grapes - 3 - 599 - -
 Greenhouse / High Tunnel - 11 - 175 -
 Hops - 7 - 55 - -
 Industrial Hemp - 7 - 1 - -
 Nursery Crops - 102 - 919 - -
 Orchard - 3 3 985 - -
 Tomatoes - 2 - 4,174 - -
 Vegetables (other) - 227 - 1,021 - 32 
 Other - 602 - 1,021 100 642 
 Corn - 133 348 - 29 468 
 Soybeans - 530 436 67 184 188 
 Non-specialty Certified Organic - - - - - 13,320 

DriftWatch

DriftWatch is the system used by crop producers to map their specialty crop fields, whether grown conventionally or organically. Users who are growing varieties of pesticide-tolerant corn or soybean should use the CropCheck system instead. If producers of specialty crops also have beehives, they can map their hives using DriftWatch as well. 

DriftWatch is free and voluntary to use. The locations are viewable by the public, but not just anyone can register specialty crop sites or fields. DriftWatch use is limited to specialty crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre in size. DriftWatch is not intended for homeowners, gardens, and non-agricultural areas.

After creating an account users can outline their fields on the map, specifying the type of crop grown there. Before these locations become available to other users, the submission is reviewed by the ODA data steward, and either accepted, modified, or rejected. Sites not meeting the DriftWatch criteria will be rejected. Once a site is approved these locations, along with the user's contact information, will be viewable by applicators using the system.

Important: DriftWatch is a voluntary program, meaning that neither producers nor pesticide applicators are required to use it. Use of the program does not guarantee pesticide applications won't occur, nor that users will be notified in advance of a treatment.

Growing Condition options

  • Conventionally Grown (non-organic crop)
  • Organically Grown
  • Certified Organic (must provide certification number and agent)

Crop Type options

  • Aquaculture    
  • Brambles/Berries
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Fruit (generic)
  • Vegetables (generic)
  • Hops
  • Industrial Hemp
  • Greenhouse/High Tunnel
  • Nursery Crops
  • Orchard
  • Other
  • Non-specialty Certified Organic (generic)
  • Beehives

BeeCheck

BeeCheck is the system used by beekeepers to map their apiaries, whether commercial or hobbyist. Beekeepers who also have commercial specialty crops can use the DriftWatch system instead to map both crops and apiaries. 

BeeCheck is free and voluntary to use. The locations are viewable by the public, but not just anyone can add apiary sites in Ohio with BeeCheck. Ohio Revised Code 909.02 requires everyone possessing or moving bees in Ohio to register each apiary location with the ODA Apiary Program. Upon registration the beekeeper is issued a certificate which provides a Beekeeper ID number and Apiary ID numbers. When a BeeCheck user adds a new apiary site to the map, they must provide one of these ID numbers to verify that the apiary has been registered with ODA.

After creating an account users can add a single marker on the map to indicate the location of the apiary, and specify the number of hives at that location. In addition to the hive count, users can state whether the apiary is permanent or may be moved during the year, and provide the registered Apiary ID for that site. Before these locations become available to other users, the submission is reviewed by the ODA data steward, and either accepted, modified, or rejected. If the Apiary ID is not provided, or if the ID cannot be verified with ODA's Apiary Program the BeeCheck site will be rejected. Once a site is approved these locations, along with the user's contact information, will be viewable by applicators using the system.

Important: BeeCheck is a voluntary program, meaning that neither beekeepers nor pesticide applicators are required to use it. Use of the program does not guarantee pesticide applications won't occur, nor that users will be notified in advance of a treatment.

CropCheck

CropCheck is a voluntary online row crop registry that was piloted in Arkansas in 2018 and is now available in Ohio. CropCheck identifies and maps four crop types (soybeans, corn, rice, and cotton) and their pesticide tolerances. Specialty crops can also be mapped using CropCheck, however if tolerant soybean/corn/rice/cotton fields will not be mapped the producer is encouraged to use the DriftWatch system instead.

CropCheck is free and voluntary to use. The locations are viewable by the public, but not just anyone can register crop sites or fields. CropCheck use is limited to crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre in size. CropCheck is not intended for homeowners, gardens, and non-agricultural areas.

After creating an account users can outline their fields on the map, specifying the type of crop grown there. Before these locations become available to other users, the submission is reviewed by the ODA data steward, and either accepted, modified, or rejected. Sites not meeting the CropCheck criteria will be rejected. Once a site is approved these locations, along with the user's contact information, will be viewable by applicators using the system.

Important: CropCheck is a voluntary program, meaning that neither producers nor pesticide applicators are required to use it. Use of the program does not guarantee pesticide applications won't occur, nor that users will be notified in advance of a treatment.

Crop Type options

  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Rice
  • Soybeans

Pesticide Tolerance options

  • Conventional / non-GMO
  • 2,4-D
  • ACCase (Quizalofop)
  • ACCase (Sethoxydim)
  • Dicamba
  • Glufosinate
  • Glyphosate
  • HPPD (Mesotrione)
  • Imidazolinone (Imazethapyr/Imazomox)
  • Isoxaflutole
  • STS (Sulfonylurea)

FieldCheck

FieldCheck is the system used by pesticide applicators to view all approved sites from the DriftWatch, BeeCheck, and CropCheck systems. It may be accessed from a desktop or mobile device (iOS and Android), and sites from all participating states can be viewed from a single account. 

Registered applicators can identify the specific area(s) within Ohio they want to receive automated email notifications for each new specialty crop or apiary site that is approved in their area. The identified area is known as the alert area. These areas can be either for the entire state, specific counties or for a custom-drawn area. Applicators can also choose to receive no alerts.

In addition, applicators registered with FieldCheck can draw additional areas on their map or add notes concerning pesticide sensitive areas that are not shared on the general FieldWatch map. These "annotated" areas do not appear to other users and do not require approval by the ODA data steward.
    
Finally, it is possible for registered applicators to receive downloadable or live stream data though a software provider for an annual fee. Data viewed through a browser or mobile app is freely available, however applicators who subscribe to the service can view the FieldCheck data through third-party software such as AgLogic, AgriData Surety, AgriSmart systems, and Chem-Man.

Important: The FieldWatch registries are voluntary programs, meaning that the mapped locations do not represent all sensitive crops or apiaries in Ohio. Use of the program does not change the applicator's responsibilities and liabilities under federal and state law.