Issue No. 1, Article 1/March 25, 2011
Welcome to the First Issue of the Bulletin for 2011
The lengthening daylight hours coupled with the increasingly warm temperatures point to the unmistakable fact that the 2011 growing season is fast approaching. And that also means it's time to begin another season of providing readers of the Bulletin with the most current information on crop production and protection. On behalf of all of the University of Illinois Extension specialists and educators who contribute information and articles to the Bulletin, I thank you for your continued support of our efforts. Once again we will strive to ensure that we provide you the most objective, science-based information possible. We hope you will rely on the Bulletin as a primary source for the information you will need to make crop production decisions in 2011.
If you have followed the Bulletin in years past, we welcome you back for yet another year. If you're new to the newsletter, you may wish to visit our website and sign up for email notifications letting you know when a new issue or updated information is published. It's simple to do and, perhaps best of all, it's absolutely free.
Issue 2 will be published on April 6, and our weekly publication schedule will begin on April 20 and continue through August 10. We'll publish two issues in August and two in September, then one issue each during October, November, and December for a total of 25.
Most aspects and features of the Bulletin for 2011 will remain similar to past years. One feature that won't return is the Regional Reports. For many seasons, these reports were written by field-based extension educators from around Illinois who went to great lengths to share their observations and insights. With the recent reorganization of University of Illinois Extension, many of these educators unfortunately are no longer withExtension. I would like to extend my appreciation to all those extension educators who have contributed their time and effort to the Bulletin over the years.
This season marks the 18th year I've been privileged to contribute articles to the Bulletin, and the first year that I will serve as its editor. I move into this role with the impending departure of Dr. Vince Davis, editor of the Bulletin for the past two years, who soon will begin a new position as an extension weed scientist at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Davis became editor following the retirement of long-time editor and extension entomologist Dr. Kevin Steffey, and he has done an outstanding job of providing critical leadership and high-impact articles on soybean production. While forlorn over his upcoming departure, we wish Dr. Davis much success and prosperity as he begins his new academic pursuits.
We wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2011 growing season and invite you to keep us apprised of developments and issues in your areas.--Aaron Hager