The Flag the Technology program identifies crops and other ag enterprises sensitive to certain herbicides and insecticides. It is a field marking program originally developed by personnel at the University of Arkansas. It is a widely recognized practice to reduce the risk of a misapplication and injury from pesticide drift. This practice will also make the applicator aware of sensitive crops adjacent to the field being sprayed.
Farmers place colored coded flags at entry points on fields, with each flag color either representing a different kind of technology, or an enterprise sensitive to any pesticide. This will make applicators aware which products are appropriate and safe to use on specific field and the potential hazards associated with herbicide/insecticide drift.
HIT THE TARGET: The Crop and Pesticide Monitoring System
Users also have the option of meshing the mobile apps above with Hit the Target, formerly known as Texas Crop Registry, a voluntary program that allows producers with sensitive crops or bees to register specific fields, including non-GMO acres, orchards and others to allow applicators to know risks associated with application. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about using the Hit the Target website.
The Flag the Technology program is joint collaboration between the Texas Plant Association and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
For more information about the program, please contact TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences Extension.