If one of your New Year's resolutions was to update your field crop references, consider obtaining these new University of Illinois publications: Field Crop Scouting Manual, 6th Edition and the Illinois Agronomy Handbook, 24th Edition. These references help identify and evaluate common problems in field crops and they provide research-based information to help increase yield and lower production costs.
Both publications can be ordered from the University of Illinois Publications web site, for the Field Crop Scouting Manual go to https://pubsplus.uiuc.edu/X880e.html and for the Illinois Agronomy Handbook see https://pubsplus.uiuc.edu/C1394.html Local Extension offices can assist individuals in ordering these publications.
The Field Crop Scouting Manual describes insect pests, weeds, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, herbicide injuries, and other crop problems. It provides current information on new pests such as soybean rust, soybean aphid, herbicide resistant weed populations, and fungal ear rots. The 240-page spiral bound publication is filled with color photos, line drawings, and scouting worksheets and guidelines and sells for $66.00.
The Illinois Agronomy Handbook is completely revised and updated with new information and guidelines, for example, corn planting date and plant population for today's hybrids and soybean seeding rates and stands, especially helpful with today's higher seed costs.
Management guidelines for crop sequences and new cropping alternatives, including biofuel
crops are discussed. Other chapters focus on soil fertility and nutrients, tillage, small grains, and hay and pasture. The 218-page publication has color photos and illustrations throughout and sells for $35.00 plus shipping cost.
These two publications are excellent references for the 2010 growing season, and getting them is a resolution easy to accomplish. For more information in Ogle County call (815) 732-2191 or visit www.extension.uiuc.edu/ogle .
Source: Jim Morrison, Extension Educator, Crop Systems, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pull date: March 7, 2010