This issue of the 2002 Bulletin is the last one that will be published before September. Issue numbers 22, 23, 24, and 25 will be published on September 6, October 4, November 8, and December 6, respectively.|
This has been another summer to remember. As is so often the case, weather captured most of the headlines during this crop season, with lots of cool, wet weather in the spring, followed by hot, dry weather for much of the summer. The weather affected the crops directly and had a major influence on the impact of many pests that also affected crops. Throughout the fall and winter, we crops and IPM specialists will be reviewing the crop and pest conditions that prevailed in 2002, with a nod toward using what we learned in 2002 to plan for 2003. Watch for announcements of educational materials and meetings over the next several months.
Thanks to all of you who provided reports throughout the growing season. As I have stated before, your observations and cooperation are invaluable for our development of the information we disseminate. It means a great deal to us that you are willing to share your information with us and, through us, with so many others. Thanks also to all of the readers who continue to show support for our efforts by either subscribing to the print version of the Bulletin or logging on to our Web site. For the months of May, June, and July 2002, our Web site had an average of 2,946 successful requests per day. It's always nice to learn that people read our stuff!
On behalf of the other authors who contributed to the Bulletin, I thank you for your support this year. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Stacey Krejci, the editor who works so diligently every week to get both the print and electronic versions of the Bulletin ready for you. If you think about it, drop him a note of thanks (firstname.lastname@example.org). He works behind the scenes, but he's the guy who makes it all come together. Thanks, Stacey.--Kevin Steffey