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New site gives farmers easy access to crop management resources

AMES, ? Farmers and agribusiness have a new tool to help them tackle crop management challenges. The Crop Protection Network, a multi-state and international collaboration of university and provincial extension specialists, has redesigned its website at www.cropprotectionnetwork.org.


In addition to the corn and soybean publications it is known for, the site now offers videos, newsletter and blog articles, featured articles, and Twitter updates from CPN partners on important crop management issues. The website also features an encyclopedia of field crop diseases designed to help farmers identify diseases using extensive image galleries and keywords to filter results.


?The new website still has all of the great CPN content that users are familiar with, but also adds new resources, and will be updated frequently,? said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky Extension plant pathologist, and co-director of CPN. ?Our goal is to help farmers make crop management decisions with relevant and timely information.?


Over 45 extension specialists from land-grant universities and CPN partner institutions help develop content, which means that stakeholders can trust that the information they see on the website and in the publications is research-based.


?Farmers and agricultural personnel will be provided with information to help with decisions to protect field crops,? said Daren Mueller, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plant pathologist and co-director of CPN. ?Information on wheat management and other crops will be added in 2018, expanding resources for farmers.?


Visit the new Crop Protection Network website at www.cropprotectionnetwork.org .