Extension Ag Update
March 2009
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Resources

Publications Plus –University of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications
Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web www.PublicationsPlus.uiuc.edu
It’s a one-stop shop for a current catalog of research-based information (Mastercard and VISA accepted)

NEW: Illinois Agronomy Handbook
https://pubsplus.uiuc.edu/C1394.html
This new publication covers best management practices for agricultural producers in the Midwest. The 24th edition of the handbook is completely revised and updated with new information and guidelines. Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web.

Farm Machinery & Labor Sharing Manual
http://www.mwps.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=c_Products.viewProduct&catID=774&productID=17841&skunumber=NCFMEC%2D21&crow=2#
A manual to help farmers lower their machinery and labor costs through cooperation. The Farm Machinery & Labor Sharing Manual discusses both operational and organizational issues. It includes sample sharing agreements and worksheets for allocating costs fairly.  This manual includes cases studies that highlight the various types of arrangements, identify potential problems associated with sharing resources, and explains the strategies these groups used to resolve them.
Order from the website or contact Midwest Plan Services (MWPS),122 Davidson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 USA, Phone: 515-294-4337, Fax: 515-294-9589, Email: mwps@iastate.edu.

Private Water Systems Handbook, Fifth Edition MWPS-14
http://www.mwps.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=c_Products.viewProduct&catID=774&productID=16921&skunumber=MWPS%2D14%2E5&crow=3#
For anyone living in a rural area this handbook is a must. This book was written to help those people who depend on a private water system to develop and maintain a safe, adequate, and dependable water system to meet their needs, considering both domestic and farm water use. Discussions include: Planning for water use, Wells, cisterns, springs and ponds that provide water to the home or farm, Pumps, Maintaining pressure in the system, Water distribution, Water quality and testing, Water treatment, Water protection, and maintenance of a quality water system,
Order from the website or contact Midwest Plan Services (MWPS), 122 Davidson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 USA, Phone: 515-294-4337, Fax: 515-294-9589, Email: mwps@iastate.edu.