Extension Ag Update
September/October 2004
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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)

2005 Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook (IAPM-05)
This annually updated handbook provides information on agricultural pest and products to control them. Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web www.PublicationsPlus.uiuc.edu

Alfalfa Guide
Our new, full-color edition of the Alfalfa Management Guide contains 57-pages of information on how to increase your three-ton yield to six to nine tons. To order, contact the American Society of Agronomy, 677 S. Segoe Rd, Madison, WI 53711; (608) 273-8080; Fax (608) 273-2021 or order on line at: http://tinyurl.com/4z94a

A Pocket Identification Guide of Early-Season Weed Species
This little flipbook contains color images from various growth stages and describes key characteristics for identification of 19 weed species, such as purple deadnettle, henbit, cressleaf groundsel, and buttercup. The pocket guide is available for $3 (plus shipping and handling) and can be ordered by clicking on "Pocket Identification Guide to Early-Season Weed Species" at www.ipm.uiuc.edu/weeds.html and filling out the form.

Early Spring Weeds of No-Till Crop Production
The 22-page guide contains more than 130 color photographs of both vegetative and reproductive stages of 45 weeds common to field crops across much of the Midwest. It also contains a taxonomic key to aid in identification and a table listing the sensitivity of various species to selected herbicides. For a copy contact University of Missouri, Extension Publications, 2800 Maguire Road, Columbia, MO 65211-0001, 573-882-7216

Pesticide Safety Tips for the Workplace and Farm: A Pictorial Guide to Best Management Practices
An excellent practical guide with 60 pages filled with pictures showing simple, easy to install methods to safely using pesticides. For a copy, download it from http://www.btny.purdue.edu/Pubs/PPP/PPP-61.pdf or contact AgComm Media Ctr., 231 S. University St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2064, mailto:media.order@purdue.edu, Fax: 1-765-496-1540.

Weed Management in Organic Cropping Systems
Organic systems place much greater emphasis on cultural and mechanical weeding strategies. Effective weeding programs take into account site specific historical pest problems, soil management, crop rotations, needed or available equipment, timing, weather, markets, and of course costs and anticipated returns. Dr. W.S. Curran itemizes a number of basic factors for weed management in organic production, lists several herbicides approved for organic culture, and emphasizes the importance of prevention. For a copy go to http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uc187.pdf factsheet 64 or contact the Publications Distribution Ctr., 112 Agric. Admin. Bldg., PSU, University Park, PA 16802, or call 814-865-6713.