January 9, 2009

New 'Corn & Soybean Field Guide' available

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2009 edition of the "Corn & Soybean Field Guide," a pocket reference that covers corn and soybean production issues, is now available for sale.

The guide, created and distributed by Purdue University's Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center, is a handy resource for determining stages of plant development and identifying weeds, insects and plant diseases, as well as plant injury and deficiency symptoms. Center director Corey Gerber said pictures in the guide have been especially helpful to its users.

"The photos help identify types of pests, plant deficiencies and injuries, either related to herbicides or weather," Gerber said. "The guide is small enough that people can take it to the field and use it as a source on the spot."

The 2009 guide includes a few new items, including updated nitrogen recommendations and photos of early stage lesions for plant diseases on corn. Gerber said these photos would aid crop advisers, scouts and farmers in diagnosing issues early, allowing ample time to manage problems.

The guide is $6 and can be purchased online or by phone. To purchase online, go to http://www.extension.purdue.edu/store and search for product code ID-179. To order by phone, call (888) EXT-INFO (398-4636).

Writer: Brian Wallheimer, (765) 496-2050, bwallhei@purdue.edu

Source: Corey Gerber, (765) 496-3755, gerberc@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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