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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


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Upcoming Educational Events

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Programs
Commercial Pesticide Applicator CCH Programs
(10 Feb)
Illinois Crop Management Conferences
Malta, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(10 - 13 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(15 - 16 Feb)
Nebraska Precision Ag Workshop
Clay Co. Fairgrounds, Clay Center, NE. The first day, Session One, will address intermediate ag data management topics, while the second day, Session Two, will address more advanced ag data management. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(25 Feb)
Corn Production Practices for Rough Economic Times
Southwestern Michigan College, Niles, MI. Organized by Michigan State Extension and Purdue Extension. Preregister by Feb 16.
(29 Feb - 1 Mar)
Nebraska Precision Ag Workshop
Monsanto Learning Center, Gothenburg, NE. The first day, Session One, will address intermediate ag data management topics, while the second day, Session Two, will address more advanced ag data management. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(2 - 3 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(3 Mar)
Crop Management for 2016 & Beyond
Vanderburgh Co. 4-H Center, Evansville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-registration required by March 1.
(3 Mar)
Crop Management for 2016 & Beyond
Spencer Co. Youth & Community Center, Chrisney, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-registration required by March 1.
(4 Mar)
Crop Management for 2016 & Beyond
Ponderosa Steakhouse, Washington, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-registration required by March 1.
(7 - 8 July)
Purdue Top Farmer Conference
Beck Ag. Center @ the Purdue Agronomy Farm near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(24 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(25 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(30 Aug - 1 Sep)
Farm Progress Show
Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(8 Sep)
Purdue Agronomy Field Day
Agronomy Center for Research and Education, near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(13 - 15 Sep)
Husker Harvest Days
Near Grand Island, NE. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(20 - 22 Sep)
Ohio Farm Science Review
Near London, OH. Organized by Ohio State Univ. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
(16 - 17 Oct)
Minnesota State & National Corn Husking Contest
Ofstie Farm, Goodhue, MN.

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.

Current News & Information

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

(5 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(5 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Management of Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans: K-State research
  • Optimal time to remove cattle from wheat pastures: First hollow stem
  • First hollow stem update and fall forage wheat yield report
  • Agriculture Technology Day, Herington, Feb. 11
  • Kansas weather summary for January 2016: Seasonally dry
(3 Feb)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(2 Feb)
Reducing Corn Production Costs in 2016: A YouTube Webinar
Purdue Center for Commercial Ag
(1 Feb)
What's Cropping Up?
Cornell University
(29 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(29 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Topdressing wheat with nitrogen: Timing, application methods, source, and rates
  • New corn herbicides for 2016
  • Spring weather outlook
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for early February
  • Canola College 2016 in Enid, February 18
(27 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(26 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • So there is lots to talk about in the weather
  • Select Hybrids with Resistance to Northern Corn Leaf Blight: How does it work?
  • Seed treatments for watermolds and fungi are essential for Ohio’s poorly drained soils
  • Who and How of Agriculture Fertilizer Applicator Certification in Ohio?
  • Nutrient Management Plan Development Workshop Announced
  • Ohio Farm Custom Rate Survey 2016
  • Do you operate an on-farm grain storage and handling system?
  • 2016 Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Agronomy School to be Held on February 23, 2016
  • January 29th Workshop Promotes Benefits of Cover Crops for Farmers
(26 Jan)
Crop Margins in a Boom-Moderation Price Cycle
Chris Hurt, Purdue Univ.
(22 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(22 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Kochia control in early spring
  • Plan now for good marestail control in soybeans
  • Alfalfa weevils: What are they up to during the winter?
  • Summary of diseases on corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans in Kansas in 2015
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January
  • Wheat grazing webinar planned for January 28
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for early February
(21 Jan)
The Crop Acreage Puzzle Revisited--With Implications for 2016
Darrel Good & Scott Irwin, Univ. of Illinois
(18 Jan)
SCN Resistance Continues to Pay Twice in 2015
Greg Tylka, Iowa State Univ.
(16 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Winter/spring options for winter annual broadleaf control in wheat
  • Gully erosion control is an important issue on rural, suburban, and urban land
  • Cover Your Acres Conference, January 19-20 in Oberlin
  • Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, January 21-22 in Junction City
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for early February
  • Canola College 2016 in Enid, February 18
(15 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(15 Jan)
Managing on Thinner Margins
Bradley Zwilling, Brandy Krapf, and Dwight Raab; Univ of Illinois
(13 Jan)
The Effectiveness of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments in Soybean
A Jointly authored publication Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Dakota State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, South Dakota State University, & University of Wisconsin
(12 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • More on Transgenic Traits and Hybrid Performance
  • Host Resistance to soybean diseases – the best return on investment
  • 2015 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test
  • New Website Layout
  • OSU’s Corn College workshop is Feb. 10
(11 Jan)
Weak Export Demand Continues to Contribute to Low Corn Prices
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(8 Jan)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Conventional soybean varieties for Kansas: Supply and performance
  • New 2016 K-State Chemical Weed Control guide now available
  • K-State Corn Production Management Schools scheduled for early January
  • Cover Your Acres Conference, January 19-20 in Oberlin
  • Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, January 21-22 in Junction City
  • Canola College 2016 in Enid, February 19

Featured Information

Herbicide Classification Chart
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois
Dry Weather Can Affect Soil Sampling and Test Results
Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests - Update
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Corn Yield Response to Population in Indiana
Palmer Amaranth Biology, Identification, and Management in Indiana
Purdue Collaborative On-Farm Research

Handy References

Corn & Soybean Field Guide iPad app
Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator (multistate)
Corn Nitrogen Management for Indiana
Farm Analysis Solutions Tools (Univ. IL)
Fungicide Efficacy Charts Corn Soybean Wheat
Herbicide Classification Chart
Herbicide Resistant Weeds Chart
Hybrid Bt Trait Reference Guide
Int'l Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds
Midwest Cover Crop Council
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)
USDA Soy & Corn Rust Maps
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois
Weed Identification Field Guide (IA)

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