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No. 25/December 06, 2002

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Last Issue for 2002
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.

Check Out Our Redesigned IPM Web Site
Our new IPM Web site is now available for your viewing. We doubt that our IPM Web site will ever be complete; IPM information changes too frequently for us to believe that we have reached the end. Therefore, watch our site as it grows and changes, and please let us know what we can do to improve the site.

Reminder: 2003 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, January 7 and 8
This is the last reminder to register for the 2003 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference. The 2003 program will be conducted at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus (January 7 and 8). For your convenience, a preregistration form is provided in this issue.

Register for the University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic Meetings
Please don't forget to register for the 2003 University of Illinois-sponsored Corn and Soybean Classic meetings that will begin in mid-January. We have another informative program for 2003 with speakers who will address critical issues in the crop production and protection arenas. A preregistration form is provided in this issue.

Historical European Corn Borer Data Available on the Web
We have published the results of our annual fall survey of second-generation European corn borers for many years in the Bulletin and in the past in the proceedings of the Crop Protection Technology Conference. Now you can see data from these annual fall surveys for yourself on the Web.

Butterflies and Bt Corn: Allowing Science to Guide Decisions
For the complete story regarding Bt corn and monarch butterflies, consult the excellent report prepared as an informational and educational service by scientists with USDA-ARS, Cornell University, University of Guelph, Iowa State University, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska, Purdue University, and Monarch Watch. The report provides an excellent and objective overview of the controversy regarding the potential effect of Bt corn pollen on monarch caterpillars.

This article includes a link to the report.

Corn Rootworm Transgenic Hybrids: More Questions Than Answers for 2003
Much uncertainty surrounds the potential availability of transgenic corn rootworm hybrids for the 2003 growing season. A Scientific Advisory Panel was held in Arlington, Virginia, during August 28 to 29, 2002, to offer advice and counsel to the US EPA as part of the registration process as outlined by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The panel offered several recommendations to US EPA. Some of the key recommendations are presented in this article.

The Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin
Executive Editor: Kevin Steffey, Extension Entomologist

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