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The Chat 'n Chew Cafe

Timely Agronomic News & Information for the U.S. Corn Belt

About the Cafe...

The Chat 'n Chew Cafe was developed in 1995 by RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue University Extension Specialist, as an online source of timely agronomic information for major field crops grown in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. The Cafe was recently renovated using a more modern CSS framework, based on the open-source W3.CSS stylesheet language, available at http://www.w3schools.com/w3css If your browser has any problems displaying these renovated pages or if you have any other comments / concerns about this Web site, please contact me at rnielsen@purdue One quirk I am aware of on tablet or smartphone displays is that these dropdown menus do not automatically disappear when you press elsewhere on the screen. I am looking for a solution for this. In the meantime, refreshing the browser will remove the dropdowns.


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Upcoming Educational Events

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Programs
Commercial Pesticide Applicator CCH Programs
(25 Mar)
Pennsylvania Agronomy Scout School
University Park, PA. Organized by Pennsylvania State Extension. Pre-registration by March 20.
(29 Mar)
Drone Technology Educational Program
Charotte, MI. Organized by Michigan State Extension. Preregistration encouraged.
(26 Apr)
Kentucky Wheat Production Field School
Princeton, KY (UKREC). "Prior to Flowering" training sessions. Pre-registration required.
(17 Aug)
Southeast-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Butlerville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(23 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(24 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(31 Aug)
Davis-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(30 Aug - 1 Sep)
Farm Progress Show
Decatur, IL. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(7 Sep)
Purdue Agronomy Field Day
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(19 - 21 Sep)
Ohio Farm Science Review
Near London, OH. Organized by Ohio State Univ. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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., listed in order beginning with the most recently published news. 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.

Cafe Leftovers Corny News Archives

Current News & Information

You may need to "reload" or "refresh" your browser screen to display the latest articles. When in doubt whether information you find here is applicable to your geographic area, please contact the author(s) of the articles or consult with your own university Extension specialists.

(23 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(21 Mar)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Rethinking Gramoxone at a Reduced Price
  • Reminder – we are winding down the first phase of the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training
  • Topdressing Wheat with Liquid Swine Manure
  • Soil Amendment and Foliar Application Product Evaluation Trials Summary
  • Wheat Nitrogen Rates
  • Making Hay from Seeding to Harvest Workshop - April 3rd
  • Drift Happens! Train the Trainer Workshop - April 20th
  • New Ohio Website to Help Farmers Review Precision Ag Tools
(21 Mar)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
 
(21 Mar)
Historical Planted Acre Changes for Corn and Soybeans
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(17 Mar)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Nitrogen Management Guidelines for Corn in Indiana
  • Wheat and Cold Weather
  • Spring Herbicide Applications on Winter Wheat
  • 2017 Popcorn Agri-Chemical Handout
  • Purdue Extension Field Crop Specialists
(17 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(17 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Starter fertilizer rates and placement for corn
  • Management strategies for Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans
  • New Mesonet Growing Degree Day calculation web page
  • Soil temperatures: Current as of mid-March and projected
  • Wheat condition after recent cold snap
  • First hollow stem update: March 17, 2017
(16 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(15 Mar)
Assessing Winter Wheat Damage
Carrie Knott, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(10 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(10 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Preemergence herbicide programs for corn
  • Wheat grazeout decision during the 2016-17 growing season
  • Corn seeding rate recommendations
  • First hollow stem update: March 10, 2017
(9 Mar)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Recycle your Empty Pesticide Containers
  • Western Bean Cutworm Management
(9 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(7 Mar)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • March Weather Update
  • Winter Wheat Progress and Management- Check Your Fields
  • Alfalfa Risks from the Wild Weather Ride This Winter
  • Early Season Forage Seeding Considerations
  • Overholt Drainage School to Start Monday in London
(6 Mar)
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana (UPDATED)
Jim Camberato & RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(3 Mar)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Cover Crop Adoption: Farmers’ perceived benefits & barriers
  • Winter Wheat: Winter Kill?
  • Soil Health Principles
  • Cash & Basis
  • Land-Use Change Decisions: Motivations in the Eastern Dakotass
(3 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(3 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Split fungicide treatments on wheat: Should producers consider an early application?
  • Spring herbicide application decisions on wheat: The importance of growth stage
  • First hollow stem update March 3, 2017
  • Wheat update: Precipitation, air temperatures, vegetative conditions as of March 3
  • On-farm Research Collaborative Project: Non-biased, Research-based, and Grower-driven
(2 Mar)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(27 Feb)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(26 Feb)
Freezing Temperatures Overnight May Damage Winter Wheat at Advanced Growth Stages in KY
Carrie Knott, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(24 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Sorghum hybrids with resistance to sugarcane aphid
  • First hollow stem update: February 24, 2017
  • Alfalfa weevil status
  • New soybean growth and development poster from K-State
  • Two Yield Editor workshops scheduled: March 2 and March 3
(24 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(22 Feb)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(22 Feb)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(22 Feb)
Wheat: Earlier Aphid Occurrences May Be a Consequence of the 2017’s Warm Winter
Raul Villanueva, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(22 Feb)
Forming Expectations for the 2017 Brazil and Argentina Corn and Soybean Yields: The Impact of La Niña
Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin, and Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(21 Feb)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Steps to keep Palmer amaranth out of your operation
  • Xtend soybean/dicamba information
  • Don’t Get in a Hurry to Apply Nitrogen to Wheat 2017
  • On-Farm Fertilizer Trials for Corn, Soybean, and Wheat
  • What’s Limiting Soybean Yield in Ohio?
  • Last Chance to Register for PlanterU: Be Prepared for Spring Planting
(21 Feb)
Winter Wheat at Advanced Growth Stages due to Warm Winter in KY
Carrie Knott, Lloyd Murdock, Edwin Ritchey, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(21 Feb)
Implied Probabilities for Corn and Soybeans Prices in 2017
Bruce Sherrick and Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(18 Feb)
Yield Response of Corn to Plant Population in Indiana (UPDATED)
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Jason Lee, John Hettinga, & Jim Camberato; Purdue Univ.
(17 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(15 Feb)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(14 Feb)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(13 Feb)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(10 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(10 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Topdressing canola: How to maximize the benefits
  • Potential effects of recent warm temperatures on the wheat crop
  • Organic matter: The lifeline of soil
(9 Feb)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Preventing Cover Crops From Becoming Your Next Weed Problem - Video
  • Top Four Considerations for Reducing Spray Drift
  • Herbicide Classification “Cheat Sheet” Poster
  • Wisconsin Herbicide Mode of Action Chart
(3 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(3 Feb)
UK WHEAT PRODUCTION FIELD SCHOOL: Hands-On Training
Edwin Ritchey, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(3 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Plan now for good marestail control in soybeans
  • Precision nitrogen management for wheat in Kansas using optical sensor technology
  • Prescribed Burning Workshops scheduled for 2017
  • K-State Agriculture Technology Days, Feb. 9-10, Great Bend and Beloit
  • Western Kansas Forage Conference planned Feb. 20 in Larned
  • Preplant Corn School, Feb. 23, Wilson
(1 Feb)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(1 Feb)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.

Featured Information

Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
Response of Corn to Starter Fertilizer
Sulfur Deficiency in Corn
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois
Palmer Amaranth Biology, Identification, and Management in Indiana
Herbicide Classification Chart
Avoiding Soil Compaction
Effects of Soil Compaction
Purdue Collaborative On-Farm Research

Handy References

Corn & Soybean Field Guide iPad app
Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator (multistate)
Corn Ear Rots & Mycotoxins (multistate)
Crop Cost & Return Guide (Purdue crop budgets)
Farm Analysis Solutions Tools (Univ. IL)
Fungicide Efficacy Charts Corn Soybean Wheat
Biotech/GM Approval Database (ISAAA)
Herbicide Classification Chart
Herbicide Resistant Weeds Chart
Hybrid Bt Trait Reference Guide
Int'l Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds
Midwest Cover Crop Council
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Seed Treatment Reference Guide (WI)
Soybean Aphid Info (IA)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Field Guide (IA)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Info (IA)
Starter Fertilizer Research Update for Corn (IN)
Take Action Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds
USDA Soy & Corn Rust Maps
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois
Weed Identification Field Guide (IA)
Yield Data Processing & Cleaning (NE)
Yield Monitor Operation & Calibration (NE)

Misc. Proceedings

Indiana CCA Conference
Illinois Fertilizer Conference
Iowa Crop Management Conference
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course
North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference
Wisconsin Crop Management Conference