Biotech Updates

Weed Identification Guide Available Electronically

November 11, 2011

Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has recently published the electronic e-book Weed Identification Field Guide for downloading on iPad. The Guide authored in 2010 by Iowa State University Extension specialists, includes images and descriptions of 56 broadleaf weeds and 19 grass and grass-like weeds.

The electronic publications, like the print version, include tools to aid in accurate weed identification, as well as weed lifecycle and herbicide management and stewardship information. They also include detailed diagrams, including 24 illustrations, and more than 250 zoomable, high-resolution photographs of weeds common to Iowa. The capability for users to download the electronic version is made possible by Pioneer-Hi-Bred for no charge.

"The industry has rapidly adopted electronic technology for use in the field," David Wright from ISA. "With this field guide available in print, as an e-book and for the iPad, it gives farmers more options to access information. Plus, the ability to zoom in on high resolution photos will make identifying weeds, the soybean's biggest competitor, that much easier."

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