No. 25 Article 1/December 5, 2008

Last Issue in 2008

The 2008 growing season was notable in a number of ways, with plenty of issues that had major impacts on crop production and protection. In agriculture, we always expect to learn something new from the events and activities of the preceding year, and the occurrences in 2008 will not be an exception. We hope to be able to discuss the details of the year with many of you at educational events over the next few months and to share some of our findings from multiple field research efforts. We look forward to the interactions.

I speak for all of the Extension specialists and educators who contribute to the Bulletin when I thank all of our readers, both dedicated and casual, for your continued interest in our newsletter. We also appreciate the many reports from the field we receive throughout every growing season, reports that keep us plugged in on a local level. Through the Bulletin and other educational vehicles, we strive to continually provide as much research-based and situational information as possible. In return, we ask only for occasional feedback to let us know what you think about the information we provide. We want to make certain that our educational products are providing you with the type of details that enable you to make informed crop and pest management decisions.

We hope you continue to obtain some benefit from our articles and plan to refer to the Bulletin for objective information again in 2009. Between now and then, we likely will see many of you at one or more educational events over the next few months, and we look forward to the interactions and suggestions for improving our efforts. In the meantime, enjoy the opportunity to relax with friends and family during the holidays.--Kevin Steffey

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