Wow, what a year! From my perspective, 2003 will be one of the most memorable years in my career. Insects kept us hopping throughout the summer, not the least of which were soybean aphids, Japanese beetles, and the ever-present western corn rootworm. We have so much to talk about during winter meetings that our primary difficulty will be prioritizing which insects and insect management strategies to discuss. Through meetings with other entomologists during the next 3 to 4 months, I anticipate learning some insect-management pointers that will be valuable to agriculturists throughout Illinois. I look forward to sharing more with you in the months to come.
I and the other contributors can't thank you enough for all of the information you provided last year. The two-way communication that derives from such reporting is very rewarding and useful for the many readers of the Bulletin. As a result of significant exchanges of information and ideas, we are able to keep a lot of people abreast of the pest situation, crop development, and agricultural issues. So you should always realize how much importance we place on the dialogue we maintain throughout the year.
As I indicated last year, 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 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.
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 2004. During the forthcoming holidays, take ample time to relax, and enjoy the time you spend with family and friends. And take some extra time to reflect on the wondrous opportunities, challenges, and bounties we have in this country. We are blessed in so many ways. Please have a happy and safe holiday season.--Kevin Steffey