Extension Ag Update
March/April 2001
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2001 Soybean Varieties with Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance

This list of soybean varieties is compiled for informational purposes only and is based on information provided by the seed companies. The list of soybean varieties is complied to benefit soybean producers who are in need of resistant soybeans to use in the management of a soybean cyst nematode infestation. Paper copies are available at your local Extension Office.

2000 On-Farm Specialty Crop Trial Summary

http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/value/, hit button "On-farm Trails Data"

This publication summarizes the results of the 2000 growing season, on-farm trials that were carried out at 54 locations in 35 Illinois counties to compare yields and expected economic returns from different specialty corn hybrids and soybean varieties. To order this free publication contact Burt Swanson, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 412 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801 USA, 217-333-8442.

The Ugly Guys! Household Pests

Thirty-one common household pests are the focus of a new set of photo cards available from the Illinois Natural History Survey. The front of the baseball card-sized cards has a full-color photograph of the insect, and the back contains useful information that describes the insect, the damage it causes, and nonchemical control recommendations. To order send a check or money order for $8 to Distribution Center, Illinois State Natural History Survey, 607 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign, IL 61820. Please make checks payable to the Illinois Natural History Survey. To place a credit card order, call 217-333-6880. Related publications: The Bad Guys! Garden Pests and The Good Guys! Natural Enemies of Insects.

ILLINOIS: Research, Teaching and Outreach

This free bulletin is sent to anyone interested in learning about current programs and research results of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. To subscribe call 217-333-4780 or write: Editor- ILLINOIS, Information Technology and Communication Services, 9 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, ilres@uiuc.edu

Grassland Birds: Fostering Habitats Using Rotational Grazing (A3715)

This publication describes the benefits of pastures for protecting nesting birds. Tables of typical birds found in pastures are included. To order (cost $4.50): fax it to 608-265-8052 or send it to: Cooperative Extension Publications, 45 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53715. To phone in your order, call 608-262-3346 or toll-free at 1-877-WIS-PUBS (947-7827).

"Hogs Your Way"

New publication helps you take more control over hog production by exploring alternatives for hog production. It covers options for keeping your operation profitable and environmentally friendly, regardless of size. There are profiles on large- and small-scale hog farmers who are successful using Swedish deep-straw farrowing, pasture farrowing, hoop house finishing or confinement farrowing and finishing. It's available for $5 plus costs from the University of Minnesota Extension Service Distribution Center, (800) 876-8636, or order@extension.umn.edu. Ask for number 7641. Call the MISA office, (800) 909-6472, for more information.

Precision Farming Profitability

This new book shows farmers how to use site-specific tools and strategies to improve crop management. The book is a joint effort between Purdue's Site-Specific Management Center and CNH Global N.V., which manufactures Case IH and New Holland farm equipment.

Topics covered in "Precision Farming Profitability" include: estimating precision farming benefits, variety-performance testing with GPS, drainage, soil fertility, weed control, yield monitoring and mapping, soil sampling, remote sensing, variable-rate technologies, Geographic Information Systems, on-farm research, manure management, and weather information. The 132-page book contains 14 chapters on profitability issues and reference material, as well as a glossary of precision farming terms. Color photos, graphs and worksheets are scattered throughout the book, along with short stories from farmers who've used site-specific methods.

To order call the Purdue Media Distribution Center toll-free at (888) 398-4636 or by e-mail at Media.Order@ces.purdue.edu.