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Issue No. 1/March 25, 2011

Welcome to the First Issue of the Bulletin for 2011
Editorshop of the Bulletin is changing hands to Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Extension weed science specialist. Changes in the extension organization statewide mean that regional reports will no longer be provided each issue.

Changing Times and New Opportunities
Dr. Vince Davis, editor of the Bulletin for 2009 and 2010, is taking a position at the University of Wisconsin.

Refuge Confusion and Compliance Remain Key Concerns for 2011
Due to the diversity of Bt hybrids and differing refuge requirements, there is concern that refuge compliance will continue to erode. As compliance decreases, we should anticipate increasing selection pressure on pest populations and their eventual adaptation to Bt hybrids.

Product Updates for Weed Management in 2011
Some changes in herbicide options available to Illinois weed control practitioners are reviewed.

Weeds 2011: What to Expect
A few predictions are offered for what challenges weeds might present in the 2011 growing season.

Sulfur for Corn: Feast or Famine
More volunteers are needed for on-farm research to help expand the data set in a study to evaluate corn response to sulfur.

Will Corn Following Corn Face "Issues" in 2011?
Corn following corn faced large yield penalties in many fields in 2010 compared with corn following soybean, leaving many producers wondering whether a repeat is likely for 2011.