ThePacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook website is designed for easy viewing on all screen sizes, according to the university, and includes all content from the printed handbook. Most webpages on the site also include photos and links, and users can print factsheets on individual pests and share content on social media.

"Farmers will stand in their fields and use their smartphones to send photos to me, asking 'What's wrong with my crop?'" said Ed Peachey, weed specialist for OSU Extension Service. "They used to have to take photos with their camera, go home and download them. Now it's much more instantaneous."

Two related publications, the PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook and PNW Weed Management Handbook also have companion websites, which will be updated to be mobile-friendly by next year.

The extension services of OSU, the University of Idaho and Washington State University develop and update the handbooks.

Hardcopies of the handbooks also are available through OSU Extension’s catalog or by calling (800) 561-6719. FG

—From Oregon State University Extension Service news release