This handbook outlines the best management practices based on
unbiased research done by the University of Illinois. It covers
corn, soybeans, small grains and forages. In addition, chapters
discuss soil fertility, soil testing and tillage. The Interactive
Agronomy Handbook is available on the web and has numerous calculators
to help you make management decisions. Get your copy at your county
Extension office or order it at 1-800-345-6087.
Sections on insect pest management, pesticide application equipment,
environmental hazards of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides,
plant disease management, weed control and Worker Protection standard
make this an essential desk reference for anyone producing grain
or forage crops in Illinois. Call Information Services at 1-800-345-6087
or call your Extension office.
A new 16 page bulletin from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Network
(SAN), showcases farmer profiles and research examples of alternate
ways to raise pork profitably. In designing hog systems that work
on their farms -- in deep-straw bedding, in hoop structures and
on pasture -- producers have been able to save on fixed costs,
find greater flexibility, identify unique marketing channels and
enjoy a better quality of life. To order a free copy, call 301/504-6422.
Purchasing and Leasing Farm Equipment, NCR-615
Raymond Massey, University of Missouri; and William Edwards,
Iowa State University. This publication explains the variety
of choices farmers face when determining how to obtain farm machinery
services. It explains the typical plans that financial institutions
and equipment manufacturers offer for financing the purchase of
farm equipment. It also discusses rental and lease agreements,
including explanations of lease terms, lease contracts, and the
leasing process. Tax and financial considerations are also covered.
A detailed example is given comparing a lease contract and a loan/purchase
agreement. To order, call 800-562-3618; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the catalog section of the MWPS website at www.mwpshq.org.
Gary R. Sands, Minnesota Extension Engineer, and Jerry Wright,
Minnesota Extension Engineer, University of Minnesota. Topics
include economics, system capacity and drainage coefficient, topography
and system layout, drain depth and spacing, drain sizing, use
of drain envelopes, environmental impacts, surface inlets and
installation quality. To order call the University of Minnesota
Distribution Center at (800) 876-8636 or visit online at http://www.extension.umn.edu/units/dc/
Gary Sands, Minnesota Extension Engineer, University of Minnesota.
This is an 8-page, heavily illustrated publication presenting
concepts that are fundamental to understanding how subsurface
drainage affects soil water and the water balance. It explainswith
practical examplesthe components of the water balance in
the crop/soil system and their relationship to drainage. To order
call the University of Minnesota Distribution Center at (800)
876-8636 or visit online at http://www.extension.umn.edu/units/dc/
Acquiring and Managing Resources for the Farm Business (NCR610D)
Ken Thomas, Extension Specialist -Farm Management (retired),
University of Minnesota. This publication details one of the
most challenging aspects of today's farm manager's job: acquiring
and managing resources. The chapters discuss the acquisition of
farm real estate, renting farmland and facilities, selecting the
type of lease arrangement, and keeping appropriate records. Also
covered are: analysis of possible purchases, financing, managing
the machinery, farm personnel management, determining staffing
needs and managing a work force.
To order, call the University of Missouri 1-800-292-0969.
New Agrarianism Reflects Renewed Interest in Land Stewardship
Eric T. Freyfogle, Prof. of Law, Dept. of Nat. Res. and Environ.
Sci., Univ. of Illinois 217-333-8713, email@example.com.
This book is a collection of essays discussing the new agrarianism
trend where consumers are adopting a new land-sensitive philosophy
to making purchases from their food to where they live. He gives
evidence that this new trend is taking a different path than todays
market-driven economy. To order call: 1-800-828-1302 or see http://www.islandpress.com.