University of Illinois

No. 1/March 19, 1998

Welcome to the First 1998 Issue of the Bulletin

This issue of the Bulletin begins our season, and we know all of you are anxiously waiting for planters to begin rolling. Very shortly, corn will start going into the ground, and soybeans won't be far behind. In the meantime, alfalfa and wheat are starting their spring growth. Accompanying all this activity will be pest problems and pest management questions and challenges. That's where we come in. As we have stated many times, our objectives with articles in this Bulletin are to keep you current with the insect, weed, and plant disease problems as they develop throughout the year and to offer our best suggestions for managing those problems, both before and after they occur. Occasionally some controversies arise, and we are willing to tackle those as well. Ultimately, however, our goal is to give you the best information possible to allow you to make informed decisions, either for yourselves or for your customers.

Throughout the season, we rely upon input from those of you working day-to-day in the fields. We invite your comments and urge you to contact us if you witness something you think is newsworthy. You may be the first to witness a developing problem, and your early report to us allows us to spread the word to others who might benefit.

For those of you who access the Web version of the Bulletin, expect some changes "on the go." As soon as the dust from our winter meeting season settles, we intend to implement an "Update" area for each issue. The words that we write are due in the editor's office by Wednesday so that the print version of the Bulletin can be prepared and mailed by Friday morning. However, we frequently hear important reports about pest problems or crop development after copy has left our offices. The "Update" area will allow us to provide additional information on the Web instead of waiting an entire week to get the word to you, allowing us to be even more timely with our information. We also hope to initiate a type of "chat room" that will allow website users to tell us what they are seeing in their areas. And there may be other changes, all in the interest of improving delivery of our information.

On behalf of all of us who contribute to this Bulletin,I thank you for your continued support of our efforts and wish you a successful year. Keep in touch, and don't hesitate to contact us to follow up on anything you read in this Bulletin.
Kevin Steffey (, Extension Entomology, (217)333-6652