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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
(20 - 21 Oct)
South Dakota State & National Corn Husking Contest
Near Flandreau, South Dakota.
(13 - 15 Nov)
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
Princess Royale Hotel, Ocean City, MD. Organized by the University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Systems in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic CCA Board, and the USDA-NRCS. Pre-registration required.
(27 - 28 Nov)
Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar
French Lick, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension, Kentucky Extension, AgriBusiness Council of Indiana, AgriBusiness Assoc Kentucky, and the Kentucky CCA Program. Pre-registration encouraged.
(11 - 13 Dec)
Indiana Farm Equipment & Technology Expo
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Hoosier Ag Today and Farm World.
(18 Dec)
Michigan Integrated Crop & Pest Management Update
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. Organized by MSU Extension.
(18 - 19 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program. Pre-registration encouraged.
(18 - 19 Dec)
Conservation Tillage Conference
Fargo, ND. Organized by North Dakota State Univ Extension and Univ Minnesota Extension.
(28 Feb - 2 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.

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.

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Current News & Information

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(19 Oct)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(19 Oct)
Sample for SCN now to Preserve Future Soybean Yield Potential
Angie Peltier, Jared Goplen and Phillip Glogoza, Univ. of Minnesota
(19 Oct)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Replanting decisions for winter wheat
  • Alfalfa management: Deciding on last cutting this fall
  • Consider fall treatments for control of marestail in soybeans
  • Controlling annual weeds with fall-applied herbicides ahead of corn and sorghum
  • Rate of dry down in sorghum before harvest
(18 Oct)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • 2018 Corn Silage Fungicide Trial Results: A Story of Vomitoxin
  • Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Meetings
  • 2019 Agronomy Update Meetings
  • Can Conservation Pay? Iowa County Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour
  • Herbicide Site of Action Key for Crop Injury Symptoms
(18 Oct)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(17 Oct)
Wait, Consider Your Options Before Applying Nitrogen This Fall
Fabian Fernandez, Univ. of Minnesota
(16 Oct)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Delayed Wheat Planting
  • 2018 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials- South Region Results Available
  • Avoid Forage Toxicities After Frosts
  • Harvest Delays Impact Corn Performance
(16 Oct)
Detecting and Reporting Palmer amaranth in Minnesota – Timeliness is key
Jeff Gunsolus, Univ. of Minnesota
(12 Oct)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(12 Oct)
Storing, Drying, and Handling Wet Soybeans
Lizabeth Stahl and Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(12 Oct)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Rainfall and cold temperatures will potentially delay wheat-sowing progress in Kansas
  • Wheat planting date and seeding rate research in northwest Kansas
  • Soybean conditions before harvest - Pod shattering
  • Sorghum development and potential freeze injury
  • Prussic acid in sorghum following a hard freeze
  • Fall musk thistle control
  • 2018 corn hybrid performance available online at myFields.info
  • Agronomy seminar on using industrial hemp as a commodity crop, October 16
  • 2018 Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contest
(11 Oct)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(9 Oct)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Seed Quality Issues in Soybean
  • Syngenta Corn Seed Settlement Claims Due Oct.12th
  • Aphids and Barley Yellow Dwarf
  • A Few Things to Consider in Planting Wheat after Corn
(8 Oct)
Soybean Seed Quality Moving Backwards in the Field
Carl Bradley and Chad Lee, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(8 Oct)
Crop Quality Hurt by Rains
Charles Hurburgh and Alison Robertson, Iowa State Univ.
(5 Oct)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Consider sampling now for soybean cyst nematode
  • Look for a wet start to October for much of Kansas
  • Kochia accessions with cross-resistance to dicamba and fluroxypyr identified in western Kansas
  • Agronomy seminar on using industrial hemp as a commodity crop, October 16
(5 Oct)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(5 Oct)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Fungal Diseases that Can Impact Soybean Pod and Seed Quality
  • Corn Grain Test Weight
(2 Oct)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(2 Oct)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Warm and Wet October Expected
  • Check Beans for Stink Bug Damage and Plan for Next Year
  • Tips for Harvest and Planning for the 2019 Field Season
  • Are Cover Crops for You?
(28 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(28 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Wheat planting conditions as of late-September 2018
  • Wheat variety selection and the emerging vulnerability to stem rust in Kansas
  • Forecasting 2018 Kansas corn yields
  • Green stem syndrome in soybeans
  • The challenge of collecting a representative soil sample
  • Fall soil sampling: Sample collection and submission to K-State Soil Testing Lab
(27 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(27 Sep)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(27 Sep)
Setting the record straight on Tar Spot
Nathan Kleczewski, Univ of Illinois
(26 Sep)
Evaluating Potential Long-Run Impacts of Chinese Tariff on US Soybeans
Yujun Zhou, Kathy Baylis, Jonathan Coppess and Qianting Xie, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(25 Sep)
Harvest considerations for storm-damaged corn and soybean
Dave Nicolai, Jeff Coulter, and Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(25 Sep)
Fertilizer Prices Higher for 2019 Crop
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(25 Sep)
Corn Grain Test Weight
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(25 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Wetter Than Normal Pattern into October
  • Evaluation of Adapt-N and FieldView Corn N Fertilizer Tools in Ohio
  • Corn Earworm Making an Unpleasant Late-Season Appearance; Watch for Molds
(24 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Grain Storage: What Are My Options?
  • Grain Storage: It Starts With Harvest
  • Grain Storage: Climate Inside The Bin
  • Grain Storage: Do’s and Don’t’s
  • Once is not Enough! Fall Test Soil for Soybean Cyst Nematode
  • How do I Manage Insects in my Stored Grain?
(24 Sep)
Tracking Tar Spot in Corn 2018
Alison Robertson, Edward Zaworski, and Ethan Stoetzer, Iowa State Univ.
(22 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Discolored and Shriveled Soybean Seeds; Who Done It?
  • Cover Crops Vulnerable to Late-Season “Worms”
  • Field Drydown of Mature Corn Grain
(21 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(21 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Common causes of late-season stalk lodging in corn
  • Understanding late-season purpling in corn
  • Late-season purpling in grain sorghum
  • Soybean dry down rate before harvest
  • Fall control of bindweed
  • Bur ragweed control with early fall treatments
(20 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Handling Flooded and Down Corn at Silage and Grain Harvest
  • What to Expect from Stalk Rot and Mycotoxins in Severely Diseased and Damaged Corn
  • Two New Videos Posted on Corn Diseases In Wisconsin
  • Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn Confirmed for the First Time in Wisconsin
(20 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(18 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Preparation of Grain Bins for Storage of Corn and Soybeans
  • Warmer and Wetter Pattern to Impact Much of the Harvest Season
  • Sprouting Soybeans
  • Late Season Insect Considerations in Soybean
  • Results from Ohio Survey of Slug/Vole injury to Field Crops 2017-2018
  • It’s almost that time of year … Don’t forget to calibrate your yield monitor!
(18 Sep)
VIDEO update on Tarspot in the Midwest
Nathan Kleczewski, Univ. of Illinois
(18 Sep)
2019 Crop Budgets Suggest Dismal Corn and Soybean Returns
Gary Schnitkey and Krista Swanson, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(17 Sep)
New Publication Available: Comprehensive Guide to Soybean Management in Kentucky
KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(15 Sep)
Field Drydown of Mature Corn Grain
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(14 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Converting Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
  • Stalk Rots Getting You Down? The Importance of Identifying Them Now to Help with Management Decisions in the Future
  • Potassium Deficiency on Upper Soybean Leaves is Not Uncommon during Seed Fill
(14 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(14 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Optimum sowing dates and seeding rates for wheat in Kansas
  • Evaluate wheat seed size to improve wheat seeding density and final stand
  • Seed drill calibration to improve wheat seed distribution
  • Ongoing research conducted on seeding rates for dryland wheat in western Kansas
  • Pre-harvest glyphosate treatment on sorghum in a no-till system
(13 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
(13 Sep)
North Dakota Crop & Pest Report
North Dakota State Univ.
  • Armyworm and Army Cutworm Publication
  • 2018 IPM Survey Results – Soybean and Sunflower Insect Pests
  • Pulse Crop Survey – Insect Pest Report
  • Mystery Caterpillar
  • New Chickpea Publication
  • Corn Development and Dry-down in 2018
  • Harvesting and Storing Soybeans
  • Storage Options for Grains
  • New Pollination Publication
  • Fall Invading Insect Pests in the Home
(13 Sep)
Evaluating Fertilizer Purchase Decisions: Frequently Asked Questions
Daniel Kaiser and Jeff Vetsch, Univ. of Minnesota
(13 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(13 Sep)
The Impact of July and August Weather on Corn Yield
Chad Lee, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(11 Sep)
Converting Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(11 Sep)
Flooded Corn Late in the Season
Chad Lee and Kiersten Wise, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(10 Sep)
Harvest Considerations to Reduce Weed Seed Movement
Meaghan Anderson, Bob Hartzler, Iowa State Univ.
(10 Sep)
Soybean Exports since the Onset of Tariffs
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(7 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(7 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Early planting of wheat can lead to several problems
  • Control seed-borne diseases in wheat with fungicide seed treatments
  • Wheat seeding tips for good stand establishment
  • Winter canola planting considerations
  • Estimating grain sorghum yield potential
  • Rate of dry down in corn before harvest
  • The Labor Day Storm: September 3, 2018
(7 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Corn Tar Spot Update
  • Soybean Nitrogen Deficiency: Soil Factors and Plant Response
  • Yield Monitor Calibration: Garbage In, Garbage Out
(7 Sep)
Tips for Planting Winter Cereals
Jochum Wiersma, Jared Goplen, and Phyllis Bongard, Univ. of Minnesota
(7 Sep)
Seeding cereals this fall? Be aware of herbicide carryover risks
Jared Goplen, Jochum Wiersma, and Jeff Gunsolus, Univ. of Minnesota
(7 Sep)
Corn Hybrid Response to Tar Spot
Nathan Kleczewski, Univ. of Illinois
(6 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Top 8 Recommendations for Winter Wheat Establishment in 2018
  • Tar Spot on Corn in Wisconsin
  • Send in Waterhemp Seeds for Free Herbicide Resistance Screening
  • Warrant Now Registered For Use in Alfalfa in Wisconsin
  • Managing Volunteer Wheat in Late Summer Seeded Alfalfa
(5 Sep)
Yield Monitor Calibration: Garbage In, Garbage Out
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(5 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Wheat Management for Fall 2018
  • Western Bean Cutworm: 2018 Trapping Summary
  • Preliminary Slugs/Voles Survey Response Summary
  • Last reminder - FSR Agronomy College is September 11th
  • Early Yellowing Soybeans
(4 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Winter Wheat Decisions
  • Gibberella and Fusairum Ear Rots Developing
  • Southern Rust Developing in Corn
  • Late Season Soybean Defoliators
  • Aug. 31, 2018 Update on Gall Midge Confirmations in S.D. Soybean
  • How to Prevent Stored Grain Pests
  • Face Flies Impacting Pastured Cattle
(4 Sep)
Agronomic strategies to maximize rotational benefits from alfalfa to corn
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(4 Sep)
Irrigate cover crops for better emergence
Lyndon Kelley, Michigan State Univ / Purdue Univ
(4 Sep)
Will the August 1 crop yield predictions hold up?
Emerson Nafziger, Univ. of Illinois
(4 Sep)
Will the 2018 Corn Crop Get Smaller?
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

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Featured Information

Corn Grain Test Weight
Converting Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
Short Husks & Exposed Ears
Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
Grain Fill Stages in Corn
How to Understand and Interpret Soil Health Tests
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois
Palmer Amaranth Biology, Identification, and Management in Indiana
Herbicide Classification Chart
Purdue Collaborative On-Farm Research

Handy References

Corn & Soybean Field Scout smartphone apps
Corn & Soybean Field Guide iPad app
Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator (multistate)
Corn Ear Rots & Mycotoxins (multistate)
Crop Cost & Return Guide (Purdue crop budgets)
Crop Protection Network (multistate)
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 (2017)
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