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Insecticide Site of Action (NEW) and Herbicide Site of Action (Revised)

Slow pest resistance to pesticides by alternating the use of chemicals with different sites of action.  These color coded charts will help you choose pesticides from different chemical groups.   Publications are available for $2 each.   There are discounts for orders over 100 (ask Kris Ritter).  To order check the website or contact: Kris A. Ritter, N-305 Turner Hall , Crop Science Dept., University of Illinois, Urbana, Il , (217) 333-4424, karitter@uiuc.edu

Urban Coyote Ecology and Management, Ohio State University Ext. Bulletin 929

This bulletin addresses issues and provides a better understanding of coyotes.  These top carnivores are increasing in number of rural and metropolitan areas across North America.  Information in the bulletin comes primarily from the Cook County, Illinois, Coyote Project, an unprecedented study of urban coyotes in the Chicago metropolitan area led by Gehrt and funded by the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control agency. Project collaborators include the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the Brookfield Zoo and the University of Illinois’ Zoological Pathology Program.

The 31-page, full-color publication includes sections on identification, ecology of urban coyotes, eating habits, pros and cons of coyotes living in the city, tips on avoiding human-coyote conflicts, and management options.   Cost of the bulletin is $3.75 (shipping and handling extra). To order, contact Communications and Technology, Media Distribution, at (614) 292-1607 or pubs@ag.osu.edu.

Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement

The application of livestock grazing to suppress unwanted plants has been around for centuries. Today, targeted grazing by livestock is being rediscovered and honed as an amiable and effective tool to address contemporary vegetation management challenges.  A new handbook outlines the basics of applying targeted grazing for vegetation management. This handbook includes 18 chapters and represents a compilation of the latest research on harnessing livestock to graze targeted vegetation in ways that improve the function and appearance of a wide variety of landscapes. The handbook was created through funding from the National Sheep Industry Association and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI). Printed copies of the handbook will be available through ASI (info@sheepusa.org) for $25 in March 2007.