It's been three-and-a-half months since the last issue of the Bulletin, and now that I am writing this article, I know the growing season is about to begin. We worked through yet another mild winter, so spring snuck up on us before some of us were ready. It's time to be ready.|
Planters will be rolling through the fields soon, and when the crops emerge, our work picks up pace. Starting with the next issue of the Bulletin (issue no. 2, April 5), we will publish weekly issues through mid-August, with a team of Extension specialists and educators writing articles to keep you informed of pest situations and crop development throughout the state. State specialists will provide information based on research trials, observations, and reports from all over the state, as well as from other sources in the Midwest. We'll throw in the occasional editorial, too. Extension educators will offer regional reports, keeping you apprised of more local developments in northern, west-central, east-central, and southern Illinois.
Once again we have some new "players" this year. Dr. Terry Niblack joined the Department of Crop Sciences in 2002, bringing with her a truckload of experience regarding management of the soybean cyst nematode. Terry will keep you informed about the soybean cyst nematode and its management. We also welcome Dr. Aaron Hager into the faculty of our department. Most of you know Aaron; he has been a member of the weed science team for 9 years as an IPM specialist. However, we recently hired him as an assistant professor of weed science in our department, and we're all delighted to have been able to keep him here in Illinois. He'll continue to provide his excellent contributions in the Bulletin well into the future.
I know I speak for all specialists and educators when I invite you to send us reports throughout the season. We sincerely appreciate learning about pest problems and crop development in different areas throughout the state. When you provide us with information, we can share it with everyone who reads the Bulletin. And knowledge makes us all better pest and crop managers.
On behalf of all of the authors who contribute to the Bulletin, I thank you for your continued support of our efforts and your interest in the information we provide. We look forward to working with you and providing the most current, useful information possible.--Kevin Steffey