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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
(21 - 22 Feb)
Midwest Women In Ag Conference
Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Save the date.
(27 Feb)
Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
Stevens Point, WI. Organized by Wisconsin Extension.
(1 Mar)
UK Wheat Field School
UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Organized by Univ Kentucky Extension. Pre-registration required.
(1 - 3 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(6 Mar)
Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop
Blue Gate Restaurant, Shipshewana, IN. Organized by Michigan State Extension & Purdue Extension. Supported by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. Preregistration encouraged by 26 Feb.
(6 - 7 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(7 Mar)
Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference
AgroLiquid 3055 W M-21, St. Johns, MI
(28 - 30 Aug)
Farm Progress Show
near Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(6 Sep)
Crops Field Day at ACRE
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette, 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.

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.

(16 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(16 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • How much moisture is in that snow?
  • Updated for 2018 - Kansas Sorghum Management publication
  • 2017 Kansas Performance Tests with Grain Sorghum Hybrids
  • On-Farm Research meeting to held on March 2 in Salina
  • Soil health workshop planned for February 28 in Oswego
  • Canola informational meeting to be held in Great Bend, March 6
  • Don't miss the K-State Soybean School at Phillipsburg on March 21
  • Prescribed Burning workshops scheduled for 2018
  • Soil Health Workshop to be held on March 8 in Manhattan
(13 Feb)
Evaluating Spring Phosphorus Availability in Minnesota
Paulo Pagliari, Univ. of Minnesota
(9 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(9 Feb)
Applying Manure This Spring? Start Planning Now
Melissa Wilson, Univ. of Minnesota
(9 Feb)
Management Tips for Continuous Soybean Production
Carrie Knott, Carl Bradley, and Raul Villanueva, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(9 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Strategies for control of marestail in soybeans
  • Updated for 2018 - Kansas Soybean Management
  • 2017 Kansas Performance Tests with Soybean Varieties
  • Kansas weather: When the atmosphere runs dry
(8 Feb)
Should We be Spraying Fungicides on Corn at V12?
Alison Robertson, Iowa State Univ.
(6 Feb)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Winter has seen wild swings in the weather
  • 2017 eFields Research Report Highlights OSU Efforts to Improve Decision Making for Farmers
  • Soil Infiltration
  • Customizing your Weed Management Program
(6 Feb)
Benchmarking yield potential for soybean in North Central States
Peyton Ginakes and Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(30 Jan)
The Need for Above Trend Yields or Higher Prices to Break-Even
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(2 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Topdressing wheat with nitrogen: Timing, application methods, source, and rates
  • Updated for 2018 - Kansas Corn Management publication
  • 2017 Kansas Performance Tests with Corn Hybrids
  • Learn the difference between fire weather watches and red flag warnings
  • Update on the drought conditions in Kansas
(30 Jan)
New Research Shows Increased Yield with Liming Treatments
Jeff Vetsch, Univ. of Minnesota
(29 Jan)
Is It Time to Sell New Crop Soybeans?
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(26 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(26 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Topdressing canola: How to maximize the benefits
  • New herbicides and label changes for corn and sorghum in 2018
  • Update: Soybean School at Phillipsburg rescheduled for March 21
  • La Nina outlook for February through April in Kansas
(25 Jan)
Crop Economics: Continuing Need to Cut Costs
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(24 Jan)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Field Crops Pathology Fungicide Tests Summary
  • Economic Forecast for Corn Production Next Season
  • UW-River Falls Field Scout Training Class, March 13-14
  • Corn Cost of Production Estimates for 2018
  • EPA Open Comment Period for Neonicotinoid Insecticides
(23 Jan)
Impacts of Lowering Coverage Levels and Using Harvest Price Exclusion on Soybeans
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois
(23 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Reminders about dicamba training
  • Soil Aggregate Stability – a soil health physical indicator
  • What’s Limiting Soybean Yield?
  • Take Soybean Production Survey and Receive $40
  • Customizing your Weed Management Program
(22 Jan)
Can Corn Prices Get Above the Current Range?
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois
(19 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(19 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Update on possible impacts of January's cold temperatures to the Kansas wheat crop
  • Kansas crop disease summary for 2017
  • Late-winter preplant applications for kochia control
  • Prescribed Burning workshops scheduled for 2018
  • Training required for application of dicamba herbicides
  • Western Kansas Forage Conference, February 21 in Garden City
  • Register by January 31 for the K-State Sorghum Schools in early February
  • K-State Soybean Schools offered in late January
(18 Jan)
Five Tips for Profitably Managing Sulfur
Daniel Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(18 Jan)
Downwind Buffers and Susceptible Crop Restrictions for New Dicamba Products
Bob Hartzler, Iowa State Univ
(16 Jan)
USDA Reports Provide Some Surprises
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(15 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(12 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(12 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Winter/spring options for winter annual broadleaf control in wheat
  • Training required for application of dicamba herbicides
  • Prescribed Burning workshops scheduled for 2018
  • Kansas weather highlights for 2017
  • 2017 Kansas climate summary: Dry to wet to dry again
  • Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, January 18-19 in Junction City
  • Canola College 2018 in Enid, Oklahoma, January 19
  • Cover Your Acres Winter Conference, January 16-17 in Oberlin
  • Western Kansas Forage Conference, February 21 in Garden City
  • Mark your calendar for the K-State Sorghum Schools in early February
  • Get registered for the K-State Soybean Schools offered in late January
(11 Jan)
Habits of Financially Resilient Farms
Nick Paulson, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(10 Jan)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(9 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • What accounts for variability in grain protein levels in corn?
  • 2017 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test
  • Agronomic Crops and YouTube
  • The Effects of Soil Conservation Practices on Selected Soil Health Indicators
  • Fertilizer Recertification Begins in 2018
  • 2018 Agronomic crops Outlook Meetings
  • Customizing your Weed Management Program
  • Northern Ohio Crops Day
  • Tax Webinar for Farmers and Farmland Owners
  • Wyandot Agronomy Day January 25th – Sycamore
  • 2018 Central Ohio Agronomy School “The Nuts & Bolts About Corn & Soybean Production”
  • 2018 SW Ohio Corn College
  • Northern Ohio Hay Production Day
  • Input Wanted- Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey – 2018
  • Coshocton/Muskingum Agronomy School
(9 Jan)
Rye Cover Crops in Corn Production on Irrigated Sands
Natalie Ricks and Fabián Fernández, Univ. of Minnesota
(5 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Possible impacts of the recent cold weather to the Kansas wheat crop
  • Frozen pond safety guidelines
  • December weather summary for Kansas: Roller coaster temperatures
  • Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, January 18-19 in Junction City
  • Canola College 2018 in Enid, Oklahoma, January 19
  • Cover Your Acres Winter Conference, January 16-17 in Oberlin
  • Don't miss the Kansas Corn Management Schools in early January!
  • Mark your calendar for the K-State Sorghum Schools in early February
  • Get registered for the K-State Soybean Schools offered in late January
  • K-State 2018 Chemical Weed Control Guide now available online
(4 Jan)
Minnesota-specific dicamba training and use requirements
Natalie Hoidal, Tana Haugen-Brown, Dean Herzfeld, and Dave Nicolai, Univ. of Minnesota
(3 Jan)
Reducing Bt trait acres in the 2018 corn crop to cut production costs? Implications for European corn borer
Bruce Potter, Ken Ostlie, & Bill Hutchinson, Univ. of Minnesota
(3 Jan)
Changes to 2018 Crop Insurance Rates for Corn and Soybeans
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(3 Jan)
Evaluating the Need for Sulfur in High Organic Matter Soils
Daniel Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota

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.
Purdue Univ. (Indiana)
Univ. of Wisconsin (Corn)
Univ. of Wisconsin (Soy)

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

Integrated Ag Services
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Featured Information

Corn Grain Test Weight
Convert Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
Diplodia Ear Rot of Corn
Gibberella Ear Rot of Corn
Common and Southern Rusts (Corn)
Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests – Research and Recommendation Update (IN)
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
Grain Fill Stages in Corn
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