Integrated Pest Management

Information you need to practice effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is presented in Gempler's expanded 1999-2000 IPM Almanac.

The almanac includes tips on starting an IPM program, a checklist of essential IPM practices for each of several commodities, lists of related books, a dictionary of IPM and precision technology terms, field scouting forms and a directory listing more than 3,000 consultants, extension specialists and researchers.

This easy-to-understand reference book also provides information about soil sampling, management of weed and wildlife pests, and precision agriculture.

Price: $15 plus cost of shipping. Contact Gempler's, Box 270, Belleville, WI 53508, 800/382-8473.

Gempler's also has a new Web site (www.ipmalmanac.com) that offers information from its almanac and its IPM Solutions newsletter, as well as consultant and extension directories and IPM discussion groups.

Soup-to-nuts catalog

The 1999 Nasco Farm & Ranch catalog features more than 500 new products from the dairy, hog and other livestock categories.

Livestock identification, artificial insemination equipment, animal health, pharmaceutical supplies and calf rearing are some of the special sections featured. The catalog is free. Contact Nasco, Dept. FIN, Drawer N9910, Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, 920/563-2446.

Knowledgeable services for knowledgeable farmers

Growing Knowledge from Asgrow is designed to enhance growers' ability to make profitable management decisions. It is made up of seven informational services: research from Asgrow's eight concept farms, yield data from the farms, annual crop management reports, concept farm visitors' guides that detail research at the farms, field report agronomic newsletters, Asgrow's Web site, and the computerized Seed Information System, which compares Asgrow products with competitive ones.

The seven services are free and can be found on the company's Web site at www.asgrow.com, or contact Asgrow Seed Co., Dept. FIN, 4140 114th St., Des Moines, IA 50322, 800/ 815-4545.

Equipment blue book

Farmers looking to buy or sell farm equipment can get a wealth of information from the 1999 Farm Equipment Quick Reference Guide.

Information about equipment manufactured from 1912 through the 1998 model years will help you evaluate and appraise tractors, combines, crawlers, corn heads, windrowers, balers, planters, spreaders and skid-steer loaders.

The information includes serial numbers, specifications such as horsepower and weight, average auction and asking prices, and loan values.

New option/value tables allow you to customize a value for a specific machine based on number of hours or acres used. Contact Farm Equipment Guide, Dept. FIN, Box 1115, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, 800/ 673-4763.

Buffer building

Citing value and financial payback as incentives, Buffers - Common-sense Conservation from the USDA provides good information to set you on your way to building a conservation buffer.

Explained in the booklet are the many different types of buffer strips and waterways and programs that can help with the costs. For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center.

New Web sites

Gempler's: Nutrient management, insect monitoring, weed identification and management, commodity checklists, and IPM discussion groups at www.ipmalmanac.com Monsanto: Ag news, local cash and commodity prices, weather, training, and an agriculture search engine at www.farmsource.com