Crop information on Web
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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."
electronic version of the bulletin is located on the IPM website for
the U of I's Department of Crop Sciences, at
http://www.ipm.uiuc.edu/bulletin. Subscription is free and takes
only a few minutes.
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