Extension Ag Update
March/April 2010
Articles Research Resources Internet Links Ag Facts Education


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)

Field Crop Scouting Guide – NEW (also available in CD format)
The 2010 Field Crop Scouting Manual is designed to help agricultural professionals identify and evaluate common problems in the field. The manual describes scouting, crop monitoring, and sampling techniques that will help you identify and monitor pests that are a threat to field crops in the Midwest. It provides a context for using that information as a fundamental part of an Integrated Pest Management production program.

Interactive Corn and Soybean Herbicide Premix Calculators
It’s no secret that the introduction of novel herbicide active ingredients has slowed recently, but that at the same time a plethora of premix products has proliferated. Herbicide premixes often can be confusing with respect to component active ingredients, product equivalents, application rates, etc. These interactive tables were designed to allow users to determine equivalent application rates of various corn and soybean herbicide premixes.

eXtension Corn and Soybean
An extensive collection of Extension corn and soybean production information from around the nation.  Sign up for Resource Area Feeds.

New Video - Spring scouting in Winter Wheat, Dr. Paul Esker
A new video has been posted online. Dr. Paul Esker, University of Wisconsin, Plant Pathologist talks about spring scouting in winter wheat fields for common plant diseases.

The IPM Pocket Guide for Weed Identification in Field Crops, Bulletin E-3081 http://www.emdc.msue.msu.edu/viewitem.cfm?INVKEY=E3081
Wes Everman, Crop and Soil Sciences
A new IPM pocket guide has been released for the identification of common weeds of field crops in Michigan. Descriptions and identification characteristics for 88 grass and broadleaf weeds are included in a pocket-sized spiral bound publication. A detailed description of the life cycle, leaves, stems, flower and fruit, and method of reproduction is included for each for each weed species. Additionally, pictures of each weed at various life cycles are included to aid identification. The beginning of the guide has key identification characteristics for cotyledons, leaves, and ligules to help differentiate weed species which are placed on the first page of each weed for quick identification. The Guide is available from the MSU Bulletin Office at 517-353-6740 or http://www.emdc.msue.msu.edu/

Water Wells That Last – DVD
A good supply of fresh, clean water is a valuable resource. And getting that water from groundwater is a process that can't be taken for granted. A water well requires proper planning, construction, managing and maintenance. Copies of this DVD may be purchased by:  Calling 1-800-292-5697 (toll-free in Canada) or (780) 427-0391

eXtension: Small Meat Processors
This website is a comprehensive overview of publications, etc. available from Extension nationwide.

eXtension: Archived Niche Meat Processor Webinars
Over a dozen past and future webinars can be found here.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN)
NMPAN uses its Web site to help small to mid-sized meat processors and ranchers connect with each other. Small and mid-sized plants — when available at all — can lack capacity, equipment, appropriate inspection status, and the human and financial capital to upgrade or expand. NMPAN defines niche meats as locally raised, certified organic, grass-fed, raised without hormones or antibiotics, or certified humane.

Visitors to the NMPAN site can find help from NMPAN state affiliates in nearly half of the 50 United States. State affiliates can provide farmers and ranchers with state-specific answers, hands-on help and contact information for small meat processors in specific states. State affiliate pages also list contact information for state meat processor trade associations and other state nonprofits assisting small meat processors.


Toll-free Help Desk for Small Meat and Poultry Processors
The FSIS small meat processing plant help-desk will serve as a "one-stop shop" for plant owners and operators of small meat processing plants with questions. More than 90% of the 6,000 plants inspected by FSIS are small or very small. FSIS staff will assess callers' requests and provide information and guidance materials that best meet their needs. In situations where the answer is not readily available, the staff will research the issue and follow-up with the caller. As appropriate, the help-desk will provide a portal to other services, such as AskFSIS, FSIS' existing internet service offering official agency responses to inquiries on agency policy.

Inquiries can be made to the small plant help-desk by toll-free telephone or by email. The help-desk is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. To speak to a staff specialist during this time, call 1-877-FSISHelp (1-877-374-7435). Customers may also contact the help-desk by email at InfoSource@fsis.usda.gov.

Limiting Field Operations, Iowa State University
Maintaining equipment, inflating tires properly and using the right tractor for the job can save farmers anywhere from 3 to 25 percent or more in fuel costs. However, farmers can save 100 percent on fuel costs when equipment stays parked in the machine shed and a trip across the field is eliminated. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension can help farmers decide when tillage passes beyond a no-till management scheme will yield a return on investment greater that the additional fuel, labor and machinery costs

Herbicide Classification by Site of Action, University of Illinois Crop Science Depart.
This color coded factsheets quickly identifies herbicides within the same site of action.  To reduce weed resistance, alternate herbicides within the different groups.  Order the factsheet from the website.

eOrganic Webinars
More than a dozen past and future webinars addressing the production of organic products are listed here.