Presentation on theme: "Leighanne Hahn Water Quality/Endangered Species Program Specialist Office of Indiana State Chemist February 19, 2008 2008 Indiana GIS Conference."— Presentation transcript:
Leighanne Hahn Water Quality/Endangered Species Program Specialist Office of Indiana State Chemist February 19, Indiana GIS Conference
Background Growing number of vineyards, tomato, certified organic and nursery crop acres in Indiana Pesticide drift from neighboring fields is major concern Fruit and vegetable quality impacts Economic (production quantity) impacts Need exists for accurate map w/location of sensitive crop Mapped locations accessible to pesticide applicators
Potential Solution: Pesticide Sensitive Crop Registry Voluntary grower registration of crop locations Visual tool (Google Map TM ) Aid pesticide applicators to locate sensitive crops Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC) website Available for anyone to access
Objective: Communication with (pesticide) applicators Locations of sensitive crops Beehives, fruits, grapes, certified organic, nursery crops, pumpkins/melons, tomatoes, vegetables and other Sensitive watersheds Source water for community drinking water supplies Endangered species habitat
Method: Voluntary grower enrollment of fields Registry website has map and contact form. Grower registers, then sketches a polygon around their field Grower identifies sensitive crop type, then saves image and contact information image and contact info forwards to OISC automatically. OISC reviews image (quality control) and adds to public website
Home page with disclaimer language below sponsor images
To begin, producers must select “register now.”
The familiar Google Map interface handles the work of locating roads and addresses, and labeling features. The digitized fields are draped over Google’s images.
Growers will zoom –in on aerial photos and sketch or select their field. They select crop type from a list.
Display Methods: Grower data sent to public server (computer) after quality check by OISC. A web page, open to the public, searches for location data and adds to Google Map TM. Map interface handles road names, aerial photos, county lines; Map interface handles Zoom, Pan, etc.
Serving the data to applicators Sensitive areas and fields show over images.
Recognized Benefits: “ Enables effective means of communication (detailed maps) between herbicide sensitive crop growers and pesticide applicators” - Oklahoma Department of Ag Growing producer interest and participation Increased site awareness by pesticide applicators Promotion during industry meetings and conferences Michigan Department of Transportation using similar technique (Maptitude) to map organic farms and protected plant areas in SW Michigan. Kansas Department of Ag maintains an address list Ohio Department of Ag maintains an address list (beehives only)
Blue Print for Action: High grower group interest Indiana Horticulture Congress, Indiana Society of American Foresters, Green Expo Establish funding commitments Indiana Wine Grape Council, Red Gold Inc., Indiana Vegetables Growers Assoc Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Website prototype Possible collaborations Website sponsorship recognition, Effectiveness surveys, Other states Initiate Pesticide Sensitive Site Registration Winter 2008 Grower registration (online application/fax-a-map form) continuous enrollment (24/7)