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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
(22 - 23 Feb)
Midwest Women In Ag Conference
Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(2 - 4 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(7 - 8 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(8 Mar)
Kentucky Wheat Production Field School
Princeton, KY (UKREC). "Green-up" training sessions. Pre-registration required.
(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.

(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.
(27 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(27 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Late-winter preplant applications for kochia control
  • Topdressing wheat with nitrogen: Timing, application methods, source, and rates
  • New corn herbicides for 2017
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for late January and early February 2017
  • 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
(26 Jan)
Reducing Crop Production Costs: Focus on Fertility YouTube
Jim Camberato, Michael Langemeier, & Jim Mintert, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture
(24 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Lake Erie Cyanobacteria Bloom- A Summary of the 2016 Season
  • 2016 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test
  • Making Sense of Soil Health Testing: Ohio State’s Path Forward
  • Corn, Soybean, Wheat Webinars Continue
  • 2017 Soybean College Offered in Darke County
  • Eastern Ohio Soybean School
  • Working Cover Crops into your Operation
  • Cover Crop Class in Morrow County
(24 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(20 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Effect of the recent winter storm on the Kansas wheat and alfalfa crops
  • Summary of diseases on 2016 corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans in Kansas
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January 2017
  • Prescribed Burning Workshops scheduled for 2017
  • North Central Kansas Field Winter Update in Scandia, January 27
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for late January and early February 2017
  • K-State Agriculture Technology Days, Feb. 9-10, Great Bend and Beloit
  • Western Kansas Forage Conference planned Feb. 20 in Larned
(19 Jan)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Pesticide Applicator Training with Simultaneous Spanish Translation on Jan 31
  • Best Management Practices for Growing Second Year Soybeans
  • Team Grains Tackles Profitability in Low-Margin Years
  • 2016 Wisconsin Oats and Barley Performance Test Results
  • 2016 Wisconsin Field Crops Pathology Fungicide Tests Summary
  • 2017 OGRAIN Organic Grain Production and Marketing Workshop
  • Response of Broad Spectrum and Target Specific Seed Treatments and Seeding Rate on Soybean Seed Yield, Profitability and Economic Risk
  • Evaluation of Ascend®: Hormones that stimulate corn root growth – Experiment 2
  • New Resource Available for Grain Production in Low-Margin Years
  • Pest Management in Wisconsin Field Crops, A3646
  • Nutrient Management Farmer Education Curriculum Revised
  • Cover Crops Do’s & Don’t’s
  • Preventing Cover Crops From Becoming Your Next Weed Problem
(19 Jan)
Falling Response Rates to USDA Crop Surveys: Why It Matters
Robert Johansson (USDA), Anne Effland (USDA), and Keith Coble (Mississippi St Univ)
(18 Jan)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(17 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(17 Jan)
UK forum to discuss poultry litter BMPs
Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(17 Jan)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(16 Jan)
Yield Penalty From Second Year Soybean
John Grove, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(12 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Breeding for rust resistance in wheat
  • Winter/spring options for winter annual broadleaf control in wheat
  • Cover Your Acres Conference, January 17-18 in Oberlin
  • Canola College 2017 in Enid, January 19, 2017
  • Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, January 19-20 in Junction City
  • Prescribed Burning Workshops scheduled for 2017
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January 2017
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for late January and early February 2017
  • Western Kansas Forage Conference planned Feb. 20 in Larned
(11 Jan)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(10 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • EARLY LOOK AHEAD TO SPRING PLANTING SEASON AND GROWING SEASON
  • Seed treatments for Watermolds and Fungi that affect soybean in Ohio
  • Software for Developing Nutrient Management Plans Workshop
  • Fertilizer Applicator Certification Needed by 9/30/2017
  • 2016 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test (web extra)
  • Hybrid performance with and without various transgenic traits – Ohio trends
  • Soybean College Offered in North Central Ohio
  • 2017 Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Conference
  • Northern Ohio Crops Day February 2nd
  • 2017 Putnam County Agronomy Night
(9 Jan)
Prospects for Corn Consumption from Ethanol Production in 2017
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois
(6 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(6 Jan)
New Dicamba Products Receive Approval for Use in RR2Xtend Soybean
J.D. Green, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(6 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • New dicamba products labeled for use on Xtend soybeans and cotton
  • Temperature inversions: One application restriction for new dicamba products on Xtend soybeans and cotton
  • K-State Corn Management Schools scheduled for January 2017
  • Cover Your Acres Conference, January 17-18 in Oberlin
  • Canola College 2017 in Enid, January 19, 2017
  • Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, January 19-20 in Junction City
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January 2017
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for late January and early February 2017
(4 Jan)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.

Variety Trial Results

Univ. of Kentucky (Corn)
Univ. of Illinois
Iowa State Univ.
Michigan State Univ.
Univ. of Minnesota
Univ. of Nebraska
Ohio State Univ.
Penn. State Univ. (Corn)
Penn. State Univ. (Soy)
Purdue Univ. (Indiana)
Univ. of Wisconsin (Corn)
Univ. of Wisconsin (Soy)

Other states' variety trials (corn)
Other states' variety trials (soy)

Integrated Ag Services
F.I.R.S.T.

Featured Information

Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests – Research and Recommendation Update (IN)
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