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 (C1383)
  • Field Crop Scouting Handbook, 2004 (X880d)

New Goat Production Bulletins, University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin has three new publications on the production and marketing of goat. Get Growing with Meat Goats (BU7910), Meating the Future (BU7911), Meat Goats Helper's Guide (BU7912). To order contact the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Publications, PO Box 342831, Milwaukee, WI 53234-2831, toll-free: 877-WIS-PUBS (947-7827), fax: 414-389-9130

Designing a Clean Energy Future: A Resource Manual

This resource manual contains an overview of nearly every renewable and clean energy source available, an extensive listing of resources, and nearly 30 case studies of renewable/clean energy projects. It may be downloaded from the web or to get a copy contact the Minnesota Dept. of Commerce Energy at Information Center, 651-296-5175.

Conservation Tillage Systems and Management: Crop Residue Management with No-till, Ridge-till, Mulch-till and Strip-till - Book and CD-ROM

This book provides information for corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton farmers who are interested in learning more about conservation tillage, a production system that provides a variety of benefits including soil erosion management, water conservation, improved soil tilth, lower input costs, and labor efficiency. The book also includes information that explains tillage system selection and describes no-till planting equipment, ridge-till planting equipment, no-till drills, row-crop cultivators, and pesticide application equipment.

The new Conservation Tillage CD-ROM includes the entire book, plus four smaller books, video clips, and PowerPoint presentations in an easy-to-use format. You may order on line at the MWPS website http://www.mwpshq.org or contact the MWPS at 122 Davidson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, (800) 562-3618, e-mail at mwps@iastate.edu

Soy Foods Starter Kit

This starter kit was developed by the Illinois Center for Soy Foods at the University of Illinois. The Soy Foods Starter Kit contains all the essential ingredients for using soy in the average American diet, as well as an instruction book filled with easy recipes and tips on how to purchase and use soy products. The kit is available at a cost of $18, including shipping and handling. Additional information and an order form for the starter kit and the cookbooks are available on the Internet at www.soyfoodsillinois.uiuc.edu. The kit and all three cookbooks can also be ordered by calling 217-244-1706. For more information about the kit contact Keith Cadwallader, 217-333-5803.

Facts and Tools for Fresh Market Vegetable Growers, University of Wisconsin

The "Fresh Market Vegetable Resource CD" includes fact sheets, reports, power point presentations and marketing materials on a range of topics, including: Vegetable production. The CD includes information on integrated pest and weed management, soil and compost, weather and temperature considerations, cover crops, organic production, and other related topics. Materials on the CD cover common insects and diseases affecting vegetable crops. The CD also includes information about labor- and back-saving devices that can make vegetable production easier. Fact sheets on the CD include nutritional information, storage and cooking tips, and other consumer information for 25 popular vegetables. To order the CD contact the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at (608) 262-5200 or email phaza@wisc.edu.