Are we approaching the end of 2002 already? Seems like only yesterday when we published our first issue of the Bulletin in March. The months have whizzed by, another growing season is behind us, and we'll soon be ready to face a new year, with new (and old) pest management challenges and much more to learn. In agriculture we're learning all the time, but it always seems regenerative to begin a new year with an attitude of improving by learning.|
Why the focus on learning? Education and information have always been the dual objectives of the Pest Management & Crop Development Bulletin. Consequently, we, the authors, use the Bulletin as one of our primary media to share what we learn with everyone who reads our articles. With reports from the field, we try to keep you abreast of pest developments throughout Illinois and elsewhere in the Midwest. With results from our applied research efforts, we try to keep you abreast of the latest developments in pest management technology and techniques. We hope you rely on our articles to help you prepare for and manage pest problems in ways that are both economic and environmentally sound.
Whether or not you realize it, your inputs and reports to us are among the most important elements of the Bulletin. The continual sharing of information via e-mails and telephone calls keeps us apprised of crop development and pest situations throughout the state, and we try to oblige all reports by sharing them with others. Your help is invaluable. So please continue to communicate with us, and let us know what you think about our reporting and crop management recommendations.
Since 1997, the availability of the Pest Management & Crop Development Bulletin on the Web has significantlyimproved our ability to share information. Comparable use statistics are available from 1998 through the present month, and the "growth" of the Bulletin on the Web has been nothing short of astonishing. In 1998, the total number of successful requests for the Bulletin was 48,472, an average of 4,039 successful requests per month. In 2002 through October, the total number of successful requests for the Bulletin was 683,264, an average of 68,326 successful requests per month (through 10 months). We are delighted by this pattern of use of our information, and we expect to grow even more. Consequently, we will continue to make improvements to make the Bulletin as user-friendly and functional as possible. Please don't hesitate to offer suggestions about how we can improve our delivery and presentation of information.
On behalf of all of the authors and other contributors to the Bulletin, I thank you for your continued interest in our efforts and for the support you have provided for so many years. We look forward to working with you again in 2003. Please have a happy and safe holiday season.--Kevin Steffey