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The Chat 'n Chew Cafe offers an up-to-date "menu" with the latest crop production newsletters and news releases compiled from universities and other public Web sites across the U.S. Upcoming crop-related educational events are listed along the left side of the screen. The Cafe is owned and operated by your friendly neighborhood Extension corn specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Comments sent to him at rnielsen at purdue.edu are gladly received, always read and frequently acted upon.

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(23 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • South Dakota May Precipitation Flip
  • Disease or Injury? How to tell the two apart
  • Be On The Lookout For Seedling Diseases
  • Stripe Rust Found in South Dakota
  • News About Recent Cold Snap
(23 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(23 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Sorghum management considerations
  • Purple color in corn seedlings: Cause for concern?
  • Effect of delayed planting on corn yield
  • Causes of white heads in wheat
  • Wheat tours scheduled in north central and northwest Kansas
  • Southeast Agricultural Research Center Spring Crops Field Day planned May 27
  • “Conservation Agriculture and Sustaining Soils” workshop, Lawrence, May 28
  • Wheat plot tour scheduled at North Central Experiment Field, June 3
  • Northwest Research-Extension Center Spring Field Day, June 4
  • Southwest Research-Extension Center-Tribune Dryland Wheat Tour, June 5
  • Southwest Research-Extension Center-Garden City Spring Field Day, June 5
  • Kansas Composting Operators’ School, June 9-10
(22 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Nematode Update: Corn Parasitic Nematodes
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Hybrid Maturities for Delayed Planting
  • Corkscrewed Mesocotyles & Failed Corn Emergence
  • Assessing Frost/Cold Temperature Injury to Young Corn
  • Silver Leaf Symptom in Corn
  • Soybean Seedling Damage: Is There an Interaction Between the ILeVO Seed Treatment and Pre-emergence Herbicides?
(21 May)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Managing Nutrients on Wisconsin Soils Online Video Workshop
  • Soybean Emergence and Germination Common Issues
  • New Facts Sheets on Stem Canker
  • Early Season Below Ground Insect Damage
  • Alfalfa Weevil Update
  • Which Thistle is in my Pasture and How to Control it
  • Pigweed identification
(21 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(21 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(20 May)
Hybrid Maturities for Delayed Planting
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(20 May)
Use Thermal Time to Predict Leaf Stage Development in Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
Refresher article from years past
(20 May)
Determining Corn Leaf Stages
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
Refresher article from years past
(20 May)
Requirements for Uniform Germination and Emergence of Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
Refresher article from years past
(20 May)
Corkscrewed Mesocotyls & Failed Corn Emergence
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(20 May)
Assessing Frost / Cold Temperature Injury to Young Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(20 May)
Silver Leaf Symptom in Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(20 May)
Weed Science Training on Resistant Weeds & New Herbicide Traits
JD Green & Jim Martin,, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(19 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(19 May)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
(19 May)
Frost injury to soybean
Bruce Potter, Phyllis Bongard, & Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(19 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(19 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(19 May)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Early Insect and Slug Concerns
  • Wheat Disease Update
  • Updated Scab Forecasting System 2015
  • Wheat Heading Growth Stage
  • How is that stand?
  • Evaluating Soybean Stand
  • Corn Replant Considerations
(18 May)
Frost injury to corn: What to expect
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(18 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(18 May)
Weekly Outlook: Anticipating Changes in Corn and Soybean Acreage Estimates
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(15 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • A Rainy & Snowy May
  • Scout for Powdery Mildew in Winter Wheat
  • Ammonia Loss from Urea
  • Will My Pre-Emergence Herbicides Still Work?
(15 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Black Cutworm: Now is the Time to Scout
  • Black Cutworm Larval Development
  • VIDEO - Black Cutworm: Midwest Arrival and Threat to Corn
  • VIDEO - Black Cutworm 2: High Risk Corn and Management Considerations
  • Black Cutworm Moth Catching is Over, Now It's "Worm" Time
  • Asiatic Garden Beetle Grub is Back
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
(15 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(15 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Stripe rust and leaf rust update
  • Effect of standing water and saturated soils on corn growth and yield
  • Soybean response to standing water and saturated soils
  • Nitrogen loss potential in wet soils
  • Chemical control of roughleaf dogwood
(14 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(13 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(12 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(11 May)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(11 May)
Review of Export Progress for Corn, Ethanol, and Distillers Grains
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(8 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Cover Crops for a Dry Year
  • Drought in South Dakota: Impact on insect activity
  • Early Season Wheat Disease Outlook
  • Planting Soybeans in Dry Conditions
(8 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Large-scale dryland cropping systems research at Tribune: 2008-2014 results
  • Diagnosing corn early-season growth problems
  • Considerations for corn planted under wet conditions
  • Buckbrush control in Kansas
  • South Central Experiment Field Spring Field Day, May 19
  • Canola clinics and field tour set for May 19, 21
  • Southeast Agricultural Research Center Spring Crops Field Day planned May 27
(8 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(7 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Armyworm Captures Perhaps Grossly Under Reported This Spring
  • Black Cutworm Larval Development
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
  • Time to Think About Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) Management in Wheat
  • VIDEOS: Seedling Sampling and Submission for Problem Diagnosis
(7 May)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • What data layers are important for variable rate soybean seeding prescriptions?
  • Using Fungicides on Alfalfa for Dairy Production in Wisconsin
  • Cover Crop Termination Before Planting Soybean
  • Managing Nutrients on Wisconsin Soils
  • Black Cutworms in WI Corn
  • Stripe Rust on Wheat: Stay Alert!
(5 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(5 May)
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(5 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(5 May)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Don’t Forget About Alfalfa and Weevils While Planting
  • Identifying Feekes Growth Stages 7 and 8
  • Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus in Wheat
  • 10 Tips to Get the Most out of Your Sprayer
  • Pollinators and Planting
  • Adjusting Corn Management Practices for a Late Start
(1 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • U.S. Drought Monitor Shows Drought Conditions Worsen
  • Are Alfalfa Weevils Out Yet?
  • Sorghum Nutrient Requirements
  • Make Sure Your Commercial Applicator Certification is Up-to-Date for 2015
  • Spring Assessment of Winter Wheat Stands
(1 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • European Chafer Causing Serious Damage in Northeastern Indiana
  • Black Cutworm Larval Development
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Corn & Soybean Planting Progress in Indiana Over the Years
(1 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(1 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(1 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Sampling for pH and liming in continuous no-till fields
  • Soybean seeding rates and optimum plant populations
  • On-Farm soybean seeding rate studies: 2014 season – North Central Kansas
  • Is there any value to starter fertilizer on soybeans?
  • Update on the distribution and intensity stripe rust
  • Wheat plot tour scheduled at North Central Experiment Field, June 3
(29 Apr)
Corn & Soybean Planting Progress in Indiana Over the Years
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(28 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(28 Apr)
Wheat disease outlook
Carl Bradley, Univ of Illinois
(28 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(27 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Cold Weather and Wheat Injury
  • Black Cutworms and Armyworms Still a Concern
  • Nitrogen Value of Spring Applied Manure
(27 Apr)
Looking Ahead: Expect to See Sidewall Compaction
Chad Lee and Carrie Knott, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(27 Apr)
US EPA’s Proposal to Prevent Western Corn Rootworm Resistance: Does IPM Implementation Have a Realistic Chance?
Michael Gray, Univ of Illinois
(27 Apr)
Corn Market Expects Large Supply and Weak Demand
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(24 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Soybean Planting Date by Maturity Group Considerations for 2015
  • 2015 Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest
  • Scout your fields for weed seedlings this spring
  • 2015 Weed Emergence “on target” in Wisconsin
  • New Forecasting System for Fusarium Head Blight Now Available
  • Safe rates of seed placed starter fertilizer
(24 Apr)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Spring Frost Dates
  • Soil Moisture Levels
  • Noxious Weed Control
  • Early Insect Activity in Alfalfa and Wheat
(24 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Black Cutworm Moth Arrival and Larval Development
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
(24 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(24 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(24 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Update on stripe rust and leaf rust in wheat
  • Management of soybean diseases in Kansas
  • Recommendations for plant analysis of wheat
  • Early summer weather outlook for Kansas
(24 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(24 Apr)
Cutworm and Armyworm Moth Captures Drop…. But this is just the beginning
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(23 Apr)
Anhydrous Ammonia Applications
Fabian Fernandez, Univ. of Minnesota
(23 Apr)
A Quick Test to See Whether Your Small Grains Seed or Emerging Seedlings is Still Alive
Jochum Wiersma, Univ. of Minnesota
(23 Apr)
New Irrigation Resources
Joshua Stamper, Univ. of Minnesota
(22 Apr)
FHB Prediction Tool Upgrade
Don Hershman, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(22 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(21 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Identifying Feekes Growth Stage 6: Jointing
  • Corn Planting Progress in Ohio: A “Historical” Perspective
  • Black Cutworm and Armyworm Counts on the Rise
  • Soybean Planting Date, Seeding Rate, and Row Width
  • Considerations Before Interseeding Soybeans into Wheat this Spring
  • We have Nematodes in our Corn Fields
  • Cover Crop Spring Strategies Field Day *Minor* Location Change
(20 Apr)
Assessing Damage From In-Furrow or Pop-Up Starter Fertilizer for Corn
Daniel Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(20 Apr)
Armyworm and Black Cutworm Flights Continue
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(20 Apr)
Slowing the Evolution of Weed Resistance to Herbicides
Aaron Hager, Univ of Illinois
(20 Apr)
Will Soybean Consumption Reach the USDA Projection?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(18 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(18 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(18 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Control of later-emerging kochia in wheat or wheat stubble
  • K-State research on seed treatments for Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans
  • Q&A on current wheat disease and fungicide use issues
(17 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Black Cutworm Moths Blowing Into Indiana
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Managing Wheat by Growth Stage
  • 2015 Purdue Crop Scouting Competition
(16 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • The Relationship Between the Causal Agent of SDS and and SCN in Wisconsin
  • Monitor Seedcorn Maggot Degree Days for Successful Planting of Untreated Soybean Seed
  • Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update
  • Fungicide Efficacy Tables Updated for 2015
  • New Wheat Powdery Mildew Fact Sheet
(16 Apr)
Soybean Planting Date by Maturity Group Considerations for 2015
Shawn Conley, Univ of Wisconsin
(16 Apr)
New bulletin helps growers manage the rotation from alfalfa to corn
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(15 Apr)
How Deep Dare I Drill Wheat, Barley and Oats Down to Find Moisture?
Jochum Wiersma, Univ. of Minnesota
(15 Apr)
Price Risk Management for Corn, Soybeans and Wheat
Todd Davis, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(15 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(15 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(14 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(14 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Burndown of Cover Crops
  • Wheat Management by Growth Stage
  • Getting Your Corn Crop Off to a Good Start in 2015
  • Managing Marestail This Spring – The Perfect Storm?
  • Those Last-Minute Items on the ‘To-Do’ List Before the Planting Rush
  • Pathways Project
  • Cover Crop Strategies Field Day
(13 Apr)
Black Cutworm & Armyworm Moth Captures Show a Big Increase
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(13 Apr)
Could the Corn Carryout Really Reach Two Billion Bushels?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(10 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • European Corn Borer, the Pest that Hasn't Gone Away
  • Handy Bt Trait Table
  • Wild Garlic Control in Indiana No-till
  • Star-of-Bethlehem Management
(10 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(8 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(8 Apr)
Buyer beware when it comes to “alternatives” to ag lime
Josh McGrath & Edwin Ritchey, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(8 Apr)
Corn Planting Date not as Important as Other Factors
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(7 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(6 Apr)
Should You Consider In-furrow Starter for Corn in 2015?
Daniel Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(3 Apr)
The Acreage Puzzle
Darrel Good and Scott Irwin, Univ. of Illinois
(3 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(3 Apr)
Potential N loss from Heavy Rains
Edwin Ritchey, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(3 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(3 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Preliminary report on wheat varieties with good winter survival
  • Weed control strategies in grain sorghum
  • Update on insect activity on alfalfa and wheat
  • Drought-tolerant corn hybrids: Yield benefits
  • Planting conditions as of late March/early April
  • Expected number of days to plant summer crops in Kansas
(1 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.

Articles previously listed on the Chat 'n Chew Cafe are archived as "Leftovers".