Illinois agronomy handbook updated
University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger is pleased to announce the Illinois Agronomy Handbook is available online.
"For decades, the Illinois Agronomy Handbook has been a major source of agronomic information in Illinois and throughout the Corn Belt," Nafziger says. “A few years ago, we decided to do another, more thorough, revision."
The result was the 24th edition, published in mid-2009, which completely revised some sections. After its publication, the web-based 23rd edition was taken down.
Nafziger says that the 24th edition has enjoyed good sales and is in wide use. But without special funding and with the need to sell paper copies to recoup the investment in the Handbook, it is has not been possible to put up a web-based version until now. “We hope to get some of the calculators revamped and running in the near future,” he says.
Chapters can be viewed and downloaded from the website. “While we expect that this may be the last time the handbook is published as a book on paper, we think that individual authors will now be able to revise chapters as needed,” Nafziger says. “We also anticipate that the chapters may form the framework on which we can add other information and links as they are developed.”