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MYSTERY MAGNIFIERS

Could you publish sources from where one can purchase the 20X magnifiers that are needed to scout for soybean rust? Thank you.
R. Nolte
via e-mail

David Hest, contributing editor and author of “Be prepared” (March 2005, page 72), found the following sources for magnifiers on the Purdue University Web site (www.ppdl.purdue.edu/ppdl/soybean_rust.html):

www.forestry-suppliers.com/search.asp?stext=magnifying%20glasses
www.gemplers.com/a/pages/ibesttool.asp?UID=200501170957017187297978
www.kooters.com/handlens.html
www.minerox.com/category.cfm?Category=2&CFID=1032306&CFTOKEN=7913061
www.ascscientific.com/lens.html

Sherry Collins, the associate editor of our sister publication The Corn and Soybean Digest, adds, “The magnifiers are getting very hard to find. I know Gempler's has been back ordered for a while now. However, one researcher suggests that growers also can use a microscope that hooks up to a computer and will take digital pictures to send to an extension office. He says it is called a Digital Blue Microscope and you can purchase one from Best Buy for about $80.”

LOOKING FOR LISLE

I need a shaft for an air hose roller made by Lisle Corporation. How can I get in touch with the company?
Tom Drilliot
Hutchinson, KS

Lisle Corporation is located in Clarinda, IA. The company's phone number is 712/542-5101. It also is on the Web at www.lislecorp.com.

AUTOFARM'S CORRECT ADDRESS

AutoFarm has moved from the address reported in our March 2005 issue (page 32). The company's new address is: 1350 Willow Rd., Suite 202, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

INTEREST IN INDESTRO

I am looking for parts or information on small Indestro Super socket sets. I am unable to locate this company.
Conrad Miller
Wayzata, MN

According to a message board on Craftsman.com, Indestro Manufacturing Company/Duro-Indestro Manufacturing Company of Chicago, IL, produced the last of its hand tool line in 1990.

MISSING MITTS & MERRILL

I have a brush and link chipper made by Mitts & Merrill, Saginaw, MI. They no longer have a telephone listing. Any help would be appreciated.
James Willrett
Malta, IL

Mitts & Merrill brush chippers are manufactured by Karl Kuemmerling Inc. Contact Karl Kuemmerling Inc., 129 Edgewater Ave. N.W., Massillon, OH 44646, 888/222-6166, www.karlkuemmerling.com.

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