Several upgraded features, as well as a new name, have been added to the Web-based version of the Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin published by specialists from University of Illinois Extension.

The bulletin provides the latest information on pest situations and crop development issues for producers of major field crops in Illinois each week during the growing season.

"The web version has been renamed the Bulletin – pest management and crop development in Illinois," said Kevin Steffey, editor and entomologist with U of I Extension. "As in the past, subscribers will receive e-mail notification of the availability of the newest issue on the Web, which is usually posted on Thursday afternoons. This notification will provide subscribers with a thumbnail summary of each article in the new issue."

"Readers can also click on the 'resources' link to take them to a page from which other useful resources can be accessed," Steffey said. "This provides an instant link to valuable sources of information, such as other state newsletters, the Agronomy Handbook, and the current issue of the Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook."

He adds that the new electronic version has a function that will allow users to search by author, subject area, keyword, or by specific words in the text.

The electronic version of the bulletin is located on the IPM Web site for the U of I's Department of Crop Sciences at http://www.ipm.uiuc.edu/bulletin. Subscription is free and only takes a few minutes.