Extension Ag Update
March 2009
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Publications Plus –University of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications
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It’s a one-stop shop for a current catalog of research-based information (Mastercard and VISA accepted)

Forest Trees of Illinois
The book provides a comprehensive overview of almost 150 native and introduced tree species that are found in Illinois. Species are presented by common and scientific name. Descriptions include detailed information on growth form, bark, leaves, twigs, buds, flowers, fruit, wood, uses, habitat, range, and distinguishing features. Each description is illustrated with a photo of the bark, drawings of leaves, twigs, and fruit, and an Illinois range map.

Planting Winter Rye after Corn Silage:  Managing for Forage ipcm.wisc.edu/Publications/tabid/54/Default.aspx
Jim Stute, Kevin Shelley, Dwight Mueller, and Tim Wood
This factsheet offers guidelines for utilizing this cropping rotation.

Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture
This book was written to increase our awareness of the vital role grass and grassland plants have in ensuring a sustainable future for American agriculture. Published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, the book's content is geared toward agriculturists, students, the public, and policy makers. The book stresses the importance of developing sustainable agriculture in order to maintain the capacity of our planet to sustain life, and to explain that humans are capable of diminishing this capacity.

Emerging Market Opportunities for Small-Scale Producers.
www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5076556&acct=wdmgeninfoThis overview of markets was released by the U. S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) from the 2008 USDA Partners Meeting: Emerging Market Opportunities for Small-Scale Producers. It gives insights from industry insiders on what it takes to work successfully with produce buyers. The report describes novel ways for small farmers to establish more lucrative and stable markets by selling their crops directly to supermarkets, institutional foodservice establishments, and specialty distributors.