University of Illinois

No. 9/May 21, 1998

A Good Reference for Herbicide Information

One of the best references for herbicide information is the Herbicide Handbook, published by the Weed Science Society of America. This very useful publication includes a vast amount of information about many of the most commonly used herbicides for corn and soybean production systems. The seventh edition of the Herbicide Handbook was published in 1994. Since that time, many new herbicide active ingredients have entered the commercial market. The Weed Science Society of America recently announced the publication of the 1998 Supplement to the Herbicide Handbook, 7th Edition.

The Supplement includes information on 20 chemical herbicides and herbicide modifiers and three bioherbicides that have been developed and/or commercialized since the publication of the 7th edition of the Herbicide Handbook. Additionally, the Supplement includes four appendices that provide useful information on (1) commercially developed transgenic crops with engineered resistance to herbicides; (2) an analysis of herbicide registration dates, use rates, and acute toxicity by decade; (3) a herbicide company "genealogy"; and (4) a list of websites useful to those interested in weed science. The outline and style used in this Supplement are similar to the ones used in the 7th edition of the Herbicide Handbook.

The Supplement may be purchased in combination with the 7th edition of the Herbicide Handbook for $35. Or, if preferred, the Supplement may be purchased separately for $11. Shipping and handling costs are additional. The address and phone number for ordering follow:

Weed Science Society of America
P.O. Box 1897
Lawrence, Kansas 66044-8897
Phone: (800)627-0629
Fax: (785)843-1274

Aaron Hager ( and Marshal McGlamery (mmcglame@, Department of Crop Sciences, (217)333-4424