The 2011-12 Penn State Agronomy Guide packs more content for more producers. "It's the traditional book. But it also contains crucial information for nontraditional ag producers," says Marvin Hall, Penn State forage agronomist and co-author of the guide.
For example, the section on organic production has been expanded. Sections on pasture management and fertility have been enhanced. And, it targets beginning farmers and horse owners.
The pest-management section, he noted, has been substantially changed because plant pests have changed or adapted, so the techniques to control them also have changed.
It's a reference book to help keep farmers up to speed on agricultural changes. "If you see something in your fields that you don't recognize or understand, you can take a quick look at the book and usually figure it out," adds Hall. And, it's not just for Pennsylvania farmers.
Agronomy Guide copies are available for $16 (plus $5 for U.S. shipping and handling) from the College of Ag Sciences Publications Distribution Center. For ordering information, call (814) 865-6713 or visit the college's publications web site at http://pubs.cas.psu.edu. To order by credit card, call (877) 345-0691 toll-free.)
It's also is available online at http://extension.psu.edu/agronomy-guide. Or you can purchase it at county Penn State Extension offices.