Extension Ag Update
November/December 2003
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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)
* 2004 Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook (IAPM-04)
* Illinois Agronomy Handbook – 2003 - 2004 (C1383)

Field Crop Scouting Manual, (fifth edition) X880d

The new edition has 30% more full-color photographs than the previous edition and contains more than 230 pages. Each chapter has been revised and updated to give you the most current information on scouting for significant pests in Illinois and the Midwest. To order contact ITCS at (800) 345-6087 or online at http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/ITCS/IM, after January 15.

Weeds to Watch--New Weed Threats for Corn and Soybean Fields, IPM 72

An information-packed mini-poster focused on 16 specific weed species that have emerged as serious problems across the U.S. Midwest. The glossy, double-sided, (8.5x11 in.) bulletin presents full color photos for each weed species, plus distribution maps, and a frequency index for each. The reverse side spells out characteristics for each weed including identification keys, problem descriptions, and management tactics. Copies can be downloaded as a PDF file from http://www.cropsci.uiuc.edu, click on "weeds to watch," or ordered from Iowa State Extension Publications, 119 P and P Bldg., Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA 50011-3171, or e-mail pubdist@iastate.edu, call 1-515-294-5247 or fax 1-515-294-2945.

Stored Grain Pest Management CD-ROM

This self-study CD covers insects, molds, rodents, bin cleaning, temperature and moisture control, and pest detection. Learn how to properly apply fumigants and protect yourself during and after the application. Study at your own pace in your own home or office before taking the Grain Facility or Private Grain Fumigation exam. To order, call ITCS at 1-800-345-6087.

Forage Field Guide, Purdue University

This Guide is designed for forage and livestock producers and the ag industries that serve them. The 264-page book contains information about forage establishment; renovation; soil fertility; and weed, insect and disease management. It also offers suggestions on herbicide use and restrictions, how to diagnose herbicide injury, and harvest and storage practices. Animal nutrition needs are covered, too. To order, contact the Purdue University Media Distribution Center at 1-888-398-4636

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2003 Status Report


This report is an overview of the status of Wisconsin organic research and production that grew 92 percent from 1997-2001. To order a print copy, call (608) 262-5200 or email phaza@wisc.edu

Producers’ Compliance Guide for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations


The Environmental Protection Agency has published a guide to help producers comply with the revised Clean Water Act regulations for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The guide covers such topics as how to determine if a facility is affected by these regulations, how to apply for a permit and what requirements a permit should contain. To obtain a copy contact your local EPA Region office. For further information, contact Nina Bonnelycke, (202) 564-0764, bonnelycke.nina@epa.gov.

Proceeding of the Third National Small Farm Conference, Sept 2002 in Albuquerque, NM


Sponsored by USDA-CSREES Small Farm Program, this conference helps farmers learn what other farmers are doing to manage their farm and make a profit. To order a copy contact the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, NM State Univ., 505-852-4241, or smallfarm@reeusda.gov

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses


A step-by-step approach to exploring new opportunities in agriculture. It was developed by Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and co-published by Sustainable Agriculture Network. To order a copy contact MISA at 1-800-909-6472 or e-mail misamail@umn.edu.

Home Grown: The Case for Local Food in a Global Market


This report presents locally grown food as an alternative means of food production and distribution as well as being compatible with economic growth and increased food security. Includes examples of successful farming operations and businesses. To order a copy contact Worldwatch Institute, PO Box 188, Williamsport, PA 17703-9913, 888-544-2303, wwpub@worldwatch.org