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Issue No. 4, Article 6/April 16, 2004

Insect Fact Sheets Getting a Makeover

The Bulletin isn't the only thing getting a makeover this spring. The insect fact sheets are slowly being revised. A new look for the new growing season! The new design can be found by clicking on the PDF version of the fact sheets, which are currently being put on the IPM Web site. Information on insect descriptions, life cycles, injury, scouting procedures, and management is being updated. Links to additional information are also provided. New photos of the life stages, injury symptoms, and much more have been added, all in a more print-friendly context. Fact sheets will still be available in the HTML form (for those noncomputer-minded people, this is the way they have been presented on the Web), and updating of the HTML version will be done in an ongoing process.

Two fact sheets that have just been added to the IPM site and are ready for your viewing are the new black cutworm and alfalfa weevil fact sheets. Fact sheets soon to be put on the Web include the corn flea beetle, European corn borer, corn earworm, Japanese beetle, and potato leafhopper. In the works are fact sheets on the clover leaf weevil, squash bug, and resistance management. Also look for new weed science fact sheets in the near future.

To access the PDF fact sheets from the IPM Web site: Choose your desired commodity (field crops, fruits, vegetables, etc.) next to the ladybug at the left side of the main IPM page. For example, if you choose field crops, you must then choose alfalfa, corn, sorghum, soybeans, or wheat. Click on insects, and you will be able to choose the Web version or the PDF version of the fact sheet.

We hope these new fact sheets will be beneficial to you. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us.--Kelly Cook

Kelly Estes

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