Bee Flags

Yellow-and-black BeeCheck flags will be used across the state to identify the locations of honeybee hives that are near crop fields. These flags will serve as a visible reminder to farmers and pesticide applicators that honeybees and other pollinators are present in the area.

Once a beekeeper registers their hive location, BeeCheck flags are available through the website for $9 + shipping. Fiberglass flag poles (8′) will be available at a reduced cost ($6) from your local extension center beginning late March.


Flag polls are free ($16 + shipping value) to the first 200 persons that register their apiaries through Driftwatch. 

You MUST bring proof of flag purchase with you to pick up a flag pole. If you purchased 1 flag, you get one pole. If you purchased 25 flags, you get 25 poles, etc. YOU NEED TO PICK UP THESE POLES AT THE DELTA RESEARCH CENTER IN PORTAGEVILLE, OR THE MAIN EXTENSION OFFICE IN COLUMBIA FOR YOU TO GET THE FREE POLES. PLEASE CALL THE EXTENSION OFFICE OR DR. JONES @ 573-379-5431 TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MANY POLES YOU NEED.

Addresses for pole pickup:–

Andy Emerson
Distribution Center Coordinator
University of Missouri Extension Publications | 2800 Maguire Blvd Rm E1 | Columbia, MO 65211-3250
P: 573-882-2792 | |

Delta Research Center
Dr. Moneen Jones
147 W. State Highway T
Portageville, MO 63873

Clarification for obtaining BeeCheck flags

BeeCheck flags are available for purchase ($9 + shipping) only following registration of the apiary through FieldWatch.  Without registration the aerial or ground pesticide application will not have the lat/long of the hive to locate it while they are flying/driving. Per an email from FieldWatch:

(Name Removed for Privacy)

Thanks for registering your beehive on DriftWatch. Flags are made available to producers with approved crop fields and beehives on DriftWatch.  All crop and apiary sites that are submitted on DriftWatch first go to the Dept of Ag data steward for approval before being placed on the DriftWatch map. Once approval is made, you will receive an email notification indicating of that approval. Once that happens, log back into DriftWatch, click on your site and the information box that pops up will have the link to purchase signs on line.
Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any problems.
Thanks again,
Reid Sprenkel
President, FieldWatch Inc.


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