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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
(14 Dec)
Michiana Irrigation Association Annual Education Meeting
Blue Gate Garden Inn, Shipshewana, IN. Pre-register by Dec 7.
(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.
(3 Jan)
Fremont Corn Expo
Fremont, NE. Organized by Univ. Nebraska Extension.
(3 - 4 Jan)
Southwest Ontario Ag. Conference
Ridgetown, Ontario, CANADA. Organized by Southwest Soil and Crop Improvement Associations, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, and University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
(8 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Waseca, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension. Pre-register online.
(8 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Portland, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(8 - 11 Jan)
National No-Tillage Conference
Indianapolis, IN. Organized by No-Till Farmer Magazine.
(9 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Caro, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(9 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Rochester, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension. Pre-register online.
(9 Jan)
Precision University: In-Season Decisions
Beck's Hybrids, 720 US 40, London, OH. Organized by OSU Extension.
(10 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Lamberton, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension. Pre-register online.
(10 - 11 Jan)
Purdue Certified Crop Adviser Exam Prep Course
Beck Ag. Center, Purdue Agronomy Farm, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. Pre-registration required by Jan 3, 2019.
(11 Jan)
Purdue Top Farmer Conference
Beck Agricultural Center, near West Lafayette, IN. Pre-conference workshop on Jan 10. For more information, contact Sarah Zahn at smithse@purdue.edu.
(15 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Morris, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension. Pre-register online.
(15 - 17 Jan)
Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
Madison, WI. A collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association and the University of Wisconsin.
(16 Jan)
Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium
Waldo, OH. Organized by OSU Extension.
(16 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Willmar, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension. Pre-register online.
(17 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Owosso, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(17 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Crookston, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension. Pre-register online.
(18 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Dowagiac, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(22 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Coldwater, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(23 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Hamilton, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(28 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Shipshewana, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(29 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Alexandria, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(30 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Crane, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(31 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Beck Ag Center, near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(1 Feb)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Beck Ag Center, near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(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.

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.

(13 Dec)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Natto Soybean Production in Wisconsin
  • Understanding Buffer Requirements for Dicamba Applications in Xtend
  • New Video: Worker Protection Standard Overview
  • Herbicide Resistance in Wisconsin: An Overview
  • Assessing the Influence of Row Spacing
  • 2018 Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Performance Trials- Grain, Silage, Specialty, Organic
(12 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Dec)
The Geography of Exceptional Soybean Yields
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(10 Dec)
2018 University of Minnesota's variety crop trial results available now
Univ. of Minnesota
(6 Dec)
Should You Use a Fungicidal Seed Treatment on Low-Quality Soybean Seed?
Ethan Stoetzer & Daren Mueller, Iowa State Univ.
(5 Dec)
Optimize corn hybrid selection
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(5 Dec)
Biostimulants: What are they and do they work?
Anne Nelson and Paulo Pagliari, Univ. of Minnesota
(5 Dec)
Storing Late Season Corn and Beans
Sam McNeill, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(4 Dec)
Sulfur Fertilizer Response of Corn - Background and Research Update
Jim Camberato & Bob Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(28 Nov)
Dectes Stem Borer and Lodged Soybeans
Nick Seiter, Univ. of Illinois
(27 Nov)
Market Facilitation Program (MFP): Deadline for Signup is January 15
Gary Schnitkey, Carl Zulauf, Krista Swanson, Jonathan Coppess, and Nick Paulson, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(21 Nov)
Yield and Price Change from Planting to Harvest: How Strong is the Relationship?
Carl Zulauf, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(20 Nov)
Got wet (or damaged) beans?
Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(20 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Inversion and Drift Mitigation - Workshop on December 14
  • CCA Exam Registration Open thru December 14th!
  • 2019 West Ohio Agronomy Day - Monday, January 14
  • 2018 Ohio NoTIll Conference December 11
  • Living Soil Film Released
(19 Nov)
Timely Tips for Soybean Nutrient Management
Dan Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(16 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(16 Nov)
Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode Starts with Soil Sampling this Fall or Spring
Carl Bradley, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(16 Nov)
Applying Manure When the Soil Is Frozen or Snow-covered
Melissa Wilson, Univ. of Minnesota
(16 Nov)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Challenges with late-harvested crops and forages
  • Dicamba registrations renewed for Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan
  • Control of mustards in wheat - Timely treatment is important
  • Identification and characteristics of the different mustard species in Kansas
(15 Nov)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • 2018 UW Waterhemp Challenge: Comparison of Soil Residual Soybean Herbicides
  • Wisconsin Soybean Variety Performance Trials
  • 2018 Wisconsin Oats & Barley Performance Tests
  • UW Discovery Farms 7th Annual Conference
  • Sporebuster, a New White Mold Fungicide Value Calculator
  • 2019 IPM Field Scout Training Class
(14 Nov)
Controlled Release Nitrogen: Another Tool in the Toolbox
Anne Nelson, Univ. of Minnesota
(14 Nov)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(13 Nov)
Precautions for Dicamba use in Xtend Soybean
Aaron Hager, Univ of Illinois
(12 Nov)
Corn Prices Show Lackluster Response to Smaller Crop
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(9 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(7 Nov)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Pest&Crop 2018 Survey
  • Dicamba Use in Soybean – General Information
  • Update on Dicamba Labels for Use in RRXtend Soybean in 2019
  • El Niño Impacts and Outlook
(6 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Sampling for Soybean Cyst Nematode – Fall is the time!
  • 2018 Ohio Corn Performance Test Preliminary Results Now Available On-Line
  • Variable Rate Corn Seeding Considerations
  • Communicating With Your Landowner Meeting November 15
  • All-Ohio Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society Conference January 18, 2019
(5 Nov)
A Look Back at Soybean and Corn Diseases in Minnesota in 2018
Dean Malvick, Univ. of Minnesota
(4 Nov)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(2 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(2 Nov)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Wheat leaf rust establishes a foothold in Kansas
  • Nitrogen loss potential from wheat fields this fall
  • Sorghum midge: Implications for grain sorghum in central and western Kansas
  • Potential for blackleg leaf spot in canola
  • As temperatures fall, what factors influence the survival of winter canola?
(1 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(1 Nov)
Poor Soybean Quality and Grain Inspection Questions
Carl Bradley and Chad Lee, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

Corn crop condition ratings(IN)
Corn harvest progress (IN)
Corn physiologically mature (IN)
Corn in dent or beyond (IN)
Corn in dough or beyond (IN)
Corn silking or beyond (IN)
Corn planting (IN)
Soy planting (IN)
Maximum Weekly Corn & Soy Planting Progress (IN)

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
F.I.R.S.T.

Featured Information

Sulfur Fertilizer Response of Corn
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Corn Grain Test Weight
Converting Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
How to Understand and Interpret Soil Health Tests
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
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