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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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Current News & Information

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(29 Sep)
Is It Too Early to Apply Fall Nitrogen?
Jim Camberato, Purdue Univ.
(26 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Corn Grain Test Weight Corn
  • Stalk Nitrate Tests - Research and Recommendation Update
  • Purdue Economist Suggests Corn Growers Consider Keeping Their Crops Close to Home
  • October Weather Outlook: More Seasonal - For A Change
  • Troubleshooting Corn Ear Abnormalities
  • Assessing Yield Losses in Corn Due to Frost
  • Starting Next Year Now: The Utility of Fall Herbicide Applications
  • Cover Crops Field Guide for Farmers Expanded, Updated
(26 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Corn Development and Fall Frost Dates for 2014
  • Scout for Corn Stalk Rots
(26 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • KanMark: New wheat variety from K-State
  • Head mold in grain sorghum
  • October weather outlook
(26 Sep)
Diseases In The Soybean Fields: What Has Been Happening In Minnesota in 2014?
Dean Malvick, Univ. of Minnesota
(25 Sep)
Should you skip the Bt traits in your 2015 corn crop to cut production costs?
Bruce Potter and Ken Ostlie, Univ. of Minnesota
(25 Sep)
Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
Greg Tylka, Iowa State Univ.
(23 Sep)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(22 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Pricing Standing Corn for Silage Harvest – 2014
  • Troubleshooting Corn Ear Abnormalities
  • The best data of the year is coming in now
  • Burndown herbicides for no-tillage wheat
  • Palmer amaranth update – send lawyers, guns and money, the **** has hit the fan
  • Assessing yield losses in corn due to frost
(22 Sep)
Monitoring Corn and Soybean Consumption
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(22 Sep)
Purdue economist suggests corn growers consider keeping their crops close to home
Purdue/Ohio State AgAnswers
(21 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(20 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Low temperatures: Impact on summer row crops
  • Late-season management decisions for alfalfa
  • Pre-harvest glyphosate treatment on sorghum in a no-till system
  • Bur ragweed control with early fall treatments
  • Fall control of bindweed
  • K-State Research and Extension to Host Field Day at Columbus September 26
(19 Sep)
Corn Grain Test Weight
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(19 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Silage/Earlage Decision Aid
  • Sunflower Rust Developing in Fields
  • Pricing High Moisture Grain
(19 Sep)
Managing stored grain to minimize storage losses
Phil Glogoza and Dave Nicolai, Univ. of Minnesota
(17 Sep)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(17 Sep)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
(17 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(17 Sep)
Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome Update
Don Hershman, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(16 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Fall Weather Forecast
  • Farm Science Review 2014, last minute reminders
  • Corn drydown: What to expect?
(15 Sep)
Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests - Research & Recommendation Update
Jim Camberato & Bob Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(15 Sep)
Best Management Practices for Collecting Accurate Yield Data and Avoiding Errors During Harvest
Joe Luck and John Fulton, Univ of Nebraska & Ohio State Univ.
(15 Sep)
Harvest Considerations for Variable Soybean Maturity
Shawn Conley, Univ. of Wisconsin
(15 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(15 Sep)
Update on Corn and Soybean Acreage
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(12 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Low temperatures: Late-season freeze damage?
  • Estimating seed counts in sorghum heads for making yield projections
  • Gypsum vs. lime: Facts about minerals
  • Hessian fly fall activity on wheat
  • Calibration of yield monitors
  • K-State Research and Extension to Host Field Day at Columbus September 26
(12 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Beauties and the Beasts
  • Fall Armyworm Outbreaks Reported
  • Waterhemp Plant Tissue (or Seed) Samples For Sreening Resistance to PPO Herbicides
(11 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Odds My Soybean Crop Will Mature Before a Killing Frost Hits
  • Videos: Soil pit showing long-term conventional vs. no- tillage
  • Video: Brown stem rot of soybean
  • Disease Considerations for Soybean and Corn Harvest
(11 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Flirting with Freezing
  • Managing Early Pests of Winter Wheat
  • Woolly Caterpillars in Soybeans and Sunflowers
  • Common Rust vs. Southern Rust on Corn
  • Pre-harvest Weed Control in Row Crops
  • Target Noxious Weeds This Fall
  • Grasshopper Threat to Soybeans and Winter Wheat
(10 Sep)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(10 Sep)
Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth
Aaron Hager, Univ of IL
(8 Sep)
September 1 Corn Stocks Estimate - Does It Matter?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(6 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Stem Canker Prevalent in Wisconsin Soybean Fields
  • Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus
  • Do Not Plant Saved Wheat Feed This Fall
(6 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Alternative Grain Storage
  • Record Wet August, Climate Outlook for September
  • Sunflower Disease Update: White mold and Phomopsis stem canker developing in a few fields
  • Estimating Yields in Sunflower Fields
(6 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • An Overview of Corn Ear Rots
  • VIDEO: Gibberella Ear Rot
  • 2014 Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • A Few Things to Do Before Corn Harvest
(6 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(6 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Late-season rainfall: Moldy corn ears and premature kernel sprouting
  • Method for estimating sorghum yields
  • Fall treatment of sericea lespedeza
(6 Sep)
Watch for Stalk and Ear Rots in Corn
Alison Robertson, Iowa State Univ.
(2 Sep)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(2 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Assessing the risk of frost injury to late maturing corn
  • FSR CCA College: Register by September 4th
  • We’re looking for a few good Amaranth populations
  • Farm Science Review 2014: Plan your show
  • Will the late increase in soybean aphid hurt yield?
  • Ohio no-till field day announced
  • Last alfalfa cutting of the year
(2 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(2 Sep)
Something is Definitely Up with Fall Armyworm!!
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(1 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Fungicide seed treatments for wheat
  • Wheat seeding tips for good stand establishment
  • Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans
  • Planting spring oats and turnips to extend the grazing season
  • Sulfur fertilizer for wheat on fields with a history of sulfur deficiency
(29 Aug)
A Few Things to Do Before Corn Harvest
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(29 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Western Bean Cutworm Moth Flight Lower This Year
  • 2014 Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus
  • VIDEO: Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus
  • Flood or Ponding Damage to Corn Late in the Growing Season
  • WEBINAR: Stored Grain Integrated Pests Management in the North Central United States
(29 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Identifying Late-Season Soybean Diseases: What is killing your soybean plants?
  • Your Wheat Had Ergot, So What About Next Year?
  • New SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist in Watertown
  • September Climate Outlook
  • Webinar: Stored Grain Integrated Pest Management in North Central US
  • Improving Range & Pasture Production: Consider a Fall pasture weed inventory
  • Lygus Bugs in Seed Alfalfa
(29 Aug)
Purdue corn specialist: Crop progressing ahead of 2009’s
Purdue/Ohio St. AgAnswers.
(29 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(29 Aug)
Poor or No Soybean Nodules in Many Fields
Chad Lee, Univ of Kentucky
(29 Aug)
May Not Be A Problem, But Trapping Large Numbers of Stink bugs!
Doug Johnson, Univ of Kentucky
(29 Aug)
Destructive diseases of soybean – sudden death syndrome and white mold
Carl Bradley, Univ of Illinois
(26 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Best Management Practices To Keep Phosphorus On The Field
  • Select A Lime Source Based On ENP
  • Corn Silage Harvest Timing
  • Cover Crops Planted After Corn Silage
  • September Training For New Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program
  • PAT Credits Offered At Ag Equipment Field Day
(25 Aug)
August 25 Looking for a Corn Consumption Response
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(24 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Soybean Aphid Update Aphids in Corn
  • 2014 Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Adult Pheromone Trap Report
  • Goss's Bacterial Wilt and Leaf Blight in Corn
  • VIDEO: Goss's Bacterial Wilt in Corn
  • Sudden Death Syndrome and Brown Stem Rot in Soybeans
  • VIDEO: Soybean Disease: Sudden Death Syndrome
  • VIDEO: Studying Sudden Death Syndrome Management on Soybean
  • Estimating Soybean Yields
  • VIDEO: Estimating Soybean Yield - Simplified
  • Temperature Effects for Soybean Reproduction
(24 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(24 Aug)
Soybean aphid populations increasing in some previously treated fields
Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(24 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(24 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Volunteer wheat control: Protecting the state's wheat crop
  • Kansas Mesonet in Agronomy Department: Near real-time weather data for Kansas
  • Some basic points on using anhydrous ammonia for wheat production
  • Late-season purpling in corn
  • Cereal rye cover crops prior to corn: Are there issues?
  • Start scouting now for sorghum headworms
  • South Central Kansas Experiment Field Fall Field Day, August 26
  • K-State Agricultural Research Center-Hays Fall Field Day, August 27
  • Southwest Research-Extension Center Cropping Systems Field Day, Aug. 28
(22 Aug)
Flood or Ponding Damage to Corn Late in the Growing Season
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(22 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Agronomy/Soils Field Day on August 27th
  • New video – How to scout for corn rootworm beetles
  • Soil Sampling Season Just Around the Corner
(22 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Cleaning Ergot From Wheat
  • Sunflower Moths Are Flying In Mid-season
  • Corn Nitrogen Deficiency Symptoms
  • What Are Those Small Brown Things Sticking Out of Sunflower Heads?
  • Planning Fungicide Seed Treatment for Winter Wheat
  • Soil Health Field Days Scheduled for September
  • Soybean Aphid Update Total Tillage Solutions Field Day
(22 Aug)
Drones on the farm: What are the laws?
Purdue/Ohio State AgAnswers
(22 Aug)
Purdue research: Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable
Purdue/Ohio State AgAnswers
(22 Aug)
Shelling Corn Early? Watch That Moisture!
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(22 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(22 Aug)
Preliminary Corn Rootworm Injury Evaluation Results from Illinois’ Trials, 2014
Michael Gray, Univ of Illinois
(20 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(19 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • White Mold Or Sclerotinia Stem Rot Is Here
  • Soybean Aphid Update For 2014
  • Warmer Weather Ahead
  • Blue Mold In Tobacco
(18 Aug)
Did We Miss the Boat on Corn Plant Population in 2014?
Emerson Nafziger, Univ of Illinois
(16 Aug)
Goss's Wilt Confirmed for First Time in 2014 in Wisconsin
Damon Smith, Univ of Wisconsin
(16 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Scout Late-Planted Crops for Insect Activity
  • Phytophthora Root & Stem Rot Spotted in SD Soybean Fields
  • Yellow Soybeans
  • Winter Wheat Meeting: Draper, SD
(16 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • New Inzen-Z grain sorghum hybrids
  • Estimating soybean yield potential: There is a Web-based App for this also!
  • Winter canola fall management practices
  • North Central Kansas Experiment Fields fall field day, August 19
  • East Central Experiment Field fall field day, August 20
  • Dryland Ag Day, Southwest Research-Extension Center, Tribune, August 21
  • South Central Kansas Experiment Field Fall Field Day, August 26
  • K-State Agricultural Research Center-Hays Fall Field Day, August 27
  • Comparative Vegetation Condition Report: July 29 - August 11

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