This is the first issue of the 2002 Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter. This newsletter addresses diseases, insect pests, weeds, and other pests of commercial ornamental plants, including trees, shrubs, turf, flowers, and greenhouses. It is written by University of Illinois Extension specialists, with occasional contributions by others.
There are 20 issues per year. During April when ornamentals and pests are just getting started for the coming growing season, the issues are biweekly. During May and June, the heaviest pest season, the issues are weekly. From July through September, there is a return to a biweekly schedule, with monthly issues for October and November.
We let you know when and where pests are occurring, while it is happening through the growing season. We rely heavily on others throughout the state to let us know what they are seeing. We are always interested in receiving this information to pass it on to others. Changes in pesticide labeling, new pesticides, and information on other forms of pest control for the professional are also included. We will also try to let you know about upcoming educational opportunities in the state.
As coordinator of the newsletter, I am always interested in comments, concerns, and suggestions, as well as information about pest occurrence. I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (217)333-6650. Questions or comments about specific articles should be addressed to the author listed in parentheses at the end of the article. Contact information about each major author is listed at the end of each newsletter issue. )