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Tool Helps Del. Farmers Talk to Pesticide Sprayers

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware farmers can now use a new tool to keep crops from being sprayed by unwanted pesticides.

When pilots spray pesticide from the air, wind and weather can cause the spray to move off target. That's called drifting. The new tool, called DriftWatch, lets farmers mark their sensitive fields on an online map so pesticide sprayers know to use caution around the area.

The system was created by Purdue University staff members and is run by a Purdue-created nonprofit.

The tool became available to farmers in Delaware in March. So far, the only field to sign up in Sussex County is the University of Delaware's Carvel Research and Education Center outside Georgetown.

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