No. 1 Article 1/March 23, 2007

Another First Issue: Looking Forward to the 2007 Growing Season

I wondered this week how many of these "first issue" articles I have written during my career. I didn't take time to count, but I have the same feeling of anticipation every year. I and all of the authors in the Bulletin very much look forward to the beginning of the growing season, as I am certain our readers do. We all expect that the 2007 growing season will have some twists and turns, some of which we expect and others that may surprise us. One thing is certain--the dramatic changes taking place in agricultural crop production and protection will be in full evidence in 2007, so we expect to have our work cut out for us.

We all will be on alert when the planters hit the fields very shortly, and before we've had much time to adapt from winter to spring, people will be providing us with the types of information that we University of Illinois Extension specialists and educators rely on. We will do our level best to keep current with or ahead of the game regarding development of crops and pests throughout the Midwest, and especially in Illinois, and to disseminate details through the pages of this newsletter. As always, we invite you to apprise us of developments and issues in your area so that we can share such experiences with all of our readers. We'll also write articles to keep you current with published information in our scientific journals--information that you can use to address issues or answer questions for people in your area of the world.

The next issue of the Bulletin will be posted to the Web on April 5. Printed copies will be mailed to subscribers on April 6. In the meantime, let's get ready for what promises to be an interesting growing season.--Kevin Steffey

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