Extension Ag Update
December 2008
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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)

Illinois Invasive Plant Posters
New Illinois Invasive Plant publications are available from the University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, and the River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area. There are five posters in the collection. The large poster is 17” by 38” highlighting the four major habitats of Illinois (grassland, woodland, wetland, agriculture) and the top four invasive plants in those habitats. In addition, there are four smaller (8.5” by 11”) posters corresponding to the four habitats on the large poster. Each small poster showcases 8 to 12 plants with a photo and distribution in Illinois on the front and information on identification and why the plant is considered invasive on the back. These publications are free of charge. If you would like copies of the publications, please contact Dawn Refsell at drefsell@illinois.edu with your name, shipping address and the quantity and titles you are requesting 

Abnormal Corn Ears Poster (ACE-1) and Webpage
Peter Thomison and Allen Geyer, The Ohio State University
Do you know what these look like? Blunt ears (“beer can ears”), “silk balling”, hail damaged ears, crazy top, smut, and barrenness. To help growers sort out various ear disorders and their possible causes, we’ve prepared a poster “Abnormal Corn Ears” and an accompanying web page “Troubleshooting Abnormal Corn Ears and Related Disorders”. In the poster, ten abnormal corn ears with distinct symptoms and causes are highlighted.

The webpage, “Troubleshooting Abnormal Corn Ears and Related Disorders” at http://agcrops.osu.edu/corn/EarAbnormalities.php provides more detailed diagnostic information on various corn ear disorders.

The poster can be downloaded in one-page form from the website or you can order a 26 x 33 inch poster for $10 plus shipping from: The Ohio State University, Communications and Technology, Media Distribution, 216 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1044  E-mail: pubs@ag.osu.edu Phone 614-292-1607 Fax 614-292-1248

Practical Weed Science for the Field Scout--Corn and Soybean, IPM1007
K.W. Bradley, et. al
This field reference guide offers dozens of close-up photos and specific identification keys of important weeds. It also includes discussions on deciding whether an economic
threshold exists for implementing a weed management procedure. Lastly, there is information on crop response to herbicides. 
For a copy, download it from the website or order a copy from Extension Pubs., Univ. of Missouri, 2800 Maguire Blvd., Columbia, MO 65211  Fax: 1-573-884-5038.  Phone: 1-573-882-7216.   

Wisconsin Agricultural Biogas Casebook
This online report includes 17 case studies of dairy farm anaerobic digesters that produce renewable energy.  These studies are for those interested in digesters and to provide insight on how to implement their own system.

Using Manure Nutrients for Crop Production - PMR 1003
John Sawyer, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University
The publication has in-depth discussion on managing manure nutrients for crop production - especially manure nutrient characteristics, similarity/differences to fertilizer nutrients, manure nutrient processing in soils, and management practices that can affect nutrient supply and success as a nutrient resource for growing crops.

SOIL! Get the Inside Scoop
Help kids explore the world of soil with a new book, written by soil scientists, specifically for children ages 9-12.   This 36-page, full-color book is packed full of color images and fascinating facts to help students understand soils, including a look at the scientists who work with soils. Order your copy from the Soil Science Society of America at www.soils.org/pdf/soil-scoop.pdf; by phone 608-268-4960 or email books@soils.org

Soil Science: Step-by-Step Field Analysis
This guide describes practical procedures and tips for conducting "real-world" site-specific activities for improved natural resource management. The 255-page book features a water-resistant softcover and coil binding -- perfect for field work. Order your copy from the Soil Science Society of America at portal.sciencesocieties.org/Purchase/SearchCatalog.aspx; by phone 608-268-4960, or email books@soils.org