Meeting state and federal pesticide recordkeeping requirements can be as easy as pulling out a smartphone or tablet for producers and agribusinesses, thanks to an app Iowa State University helped develop.
The Pesticide Safety Education Program at Iowa State worked on the Pesticide and Field Records app for iOS and Android systems with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Environmental Protection Agency. It is available at no charge from the iTunes store (Pesticide and Field Records Plus) and Google Play (Pesticide and Field Records).
Free app makes it easier to keep pesticide application records
The ISU Extension and Outreach program, formerly known as the Pest Management and the Environment Program, is working with the developers to improve the app's usefulness and features, says Kristine Schaefer, program manager and Extension program specialist.
The app is designed to help producers and agricultural businesses record and maintain pesticide application information. It allows users to document pesticide application information and link the information to specific field locations using satellite mapping. The app also features a product search option that lists EPA product registration numbers and identifies restricted-use products. The iPad version, and an updated release of the Android version scheduled for late February, includes printing and emailing capabilities.
It's National Invasive Species Awareness Week
In other pest-related news, in case you didn't realize it, this is National Invasive Species Week. You can learn more about it at February 23-28 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Invasive species are plants, animals or pathogens that are not native to a region (alien) and whose introduction is likely to have detrimental environmental and economic impacts. The emerald ash borer, brown marmorated stink bug and Palmer amaranth are examples of invasive species recently introduced in Iowa. Among the activities planned are a series of free webinars on a variety of topics related to invasive species.