Recently we received a sample copy of Vol. 1 No. 1 of the Journal of Crop Production, a new periodical from the Haworth Press (10 Alice St., Binghamton, NY 13904-1580). It is a little over 300 pages, and each issue is expected to be that size.
Calling 800-429-6784 elicited the information that there will be two issues a year, annual subscription price will be $45 with 10% off, 20% off with two-year subscriptions, 30% with three. The editor is Amarjit Basra, Ph.D., of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India. The editorial board of 25 includes a half-dozen Americans, a couple of Canadians, several Europeans, several from former British colonies and others from most of the rest of the major agricultural areas of the world.
The first volume emphasized row crops (especially grains), genetic research and biochemistry. But it also had an article on the beneficial effect of the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere on plant growth, suggesting this might outweigh the undesired effects on climate. There was also an article on the changes in agriculture in China. Overall, I do not recommend this journal to most of our readers because it is a full-blown academic journal that does not make concessions to amateur readers. But I do find it interesting to browse through. And the academic types among CRFG members would certainly profit from it.
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