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Issue No. 1/March 21, 2008

First Issue for 2008
Welcome to the new publishing season; look for news of surveys about the Bulletin in future issues.

An IPM Checklist for Commercial Corn and Soybean Production
Complete this IPM checklist to evaluate where you stand with respect to IPM implementation in corn and soybean crops.

Will Economic Thresholds for Making Insect Control Decisions Be Lower in 2008?
Commodity prices are one variable influencing the equation that determines economic injury levels for insect damage. As crop value increases, economic thresholds decrease.

Insect Resistance Management for Bt Corn Hybrids
Given the current and projected values for corn, insect resistance management for Bt corn hybrids is even more important this year than last.

Glyphosate-Resistant Waterhemp in Illinois: Recommendations for Management
Potentially serious repercussions could plague Illinois soybean farmers due to the widespread adoption of weed control in lieu of weed management. Recommendations for managing glyphosate-resistant waterhemp in 2008 soybeans are detailed.

Early Foliar Fungicide Applications for Wheat
Are early applications of reduced-rate fungicides advisable? Perhaps not.

Corn and Nitrogen Prices and Spring Nitrogen Management
Given high prices for both nitrogen and corn, producers want to use only enough nitrogen needed by the crop but also want to ensure that the crop has sufficient nitrogen for maximum yield. How can this dilemma be resolved?

Regional Reports
Reports are provided this issue for northern, southern, and west-central Illinois.