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[MAY 17, 2004]  URBANA -- Several upgraded features, as well as a new name, have been added to the Web-based version of the Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin published by specialists from University of Illinois Extension. The bulletin provides the latest information on pest situations and crop development issues for producers of major field crops in Illinois each week during the growing season.

"The Web version has been renamed the Bulletin -- pest management and crop development in Illinois," said Kevin Steffey, editor and entomologist with U of I Extension. "As in the past, subscribers will receive e-mail notification of the availability of the newest issue on the Web, which is usually posted on Thursday afternoons. This notification will provide subscribers with a thumbnail summary of each article in the new issue."

Steffey notes that the new format will include a special "feature" link within an orange box that will direct users to new educational materials, events or articles that will stand the test of time. A "feature" will remain posted on the website for more than one week.

"Readers can also click on the 'Resources' link to take them to a page from which other useful resources can be accessed," Steffey said. "This provides an instant link to valuable sources of information, such as other state newsletters, the Agronomy Handbook and the current issue of the Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook."


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He adds that the new electronic version has a function that will allow users to search by author, subject area, keyword or by specific words in the text.

"In addition, there will occasionally be an 'Alert' notification within an orange box that will point users to an article that focuses on a topic with a distinct need for timeliness," Steffey said. "For example, some of the articles we wrote during the soybean aphid outbreak last year would have qualified for special attention. These high-priority articles may sometimes be posted in the interval between publications of the print version of the bulletin."

The electronic version of the bulletin is located on the IPM website for the U of I's Department of Crop Sciences, at Subscription is free and takes only a few minutes.

[University of Illinois news release]


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