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Jason Weirich – Weed Scientist ( http://plantsci.missouri.edu/deltaweeds/ )
Kelly Tindall – Research Entomologist
Kent Fothergill – Research Specialist, Weed Science Program
We are all located at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center in Portageville, MO (http://aes.missouri.edu/delta/index.stm )
One of the paramount aspects of IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
( http://ppp.missouri.edu/ipm/resources.htm ) is knowing what pests are problematic. Treatments vary in their effectiveness on different species. Two sites that deserve mention are: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/weeds-field.htm and http://www.ent.iastate.edu/soybeaninsects/.
The first site is from Michigan State University: An IPM Pocket Guide for Weed Identification in Field Crops by Wesley Everman, Christy Sprague, Steven Gower and Robert Richardson. This in a pocket-sized guide can be purchased for reference from MSU Extension (publication E-3081) or be downloaded as a pdf file from the web link. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view pdf files.
The second site is from Iowa State and presents information about pests, pest complexes and management in soybean in a concise and easy-to-use package. This site features awesome insect photographs by one of my entomological heroes: Marlin E. Rice (http://www.ent.iastate.edu/dept/faculty/ricem.html ).
In addition to the seed brochures, equipment manuals, and chemical labels that we are reading this time of year, a little bit of time with documents like these can pay big dividends during the growing season.