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Published in Great Plains Research, Vol. 18, No.1, 2008. © 2008 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


This handbook is another in the outstanding series published by the Entomological Society of America, now in cooperation with the American Phytopathological Society. Arranged in four sections-"Forage and Rangeland Production," "Arthropods and Their Management," "Injurious Arthropods," and "Beneficial Organisms"- each of these is divided into clearly delineated subsections, allowing readers easy access to information (along with references) that particularly interests them. The text is accompanied by outstanding color photographs throughout.

"Forage and Rangeland Production" includes a forage production history followed by discussions of North America's important legumes and grasses. Along with detailed tables of both groups' major species and their characteristics (e.g., longevity, palatability, winter hardiness, geographic distribution), there are surveys of several of these species, the ecology and physiology of forage crops, and information on production practices. Well written and easily understood, the section emphasizes that a particular species chosen for production in various geographical areas must be governed by an understanding of the environmental conditions under which the plants will be grown.