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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 (OISC)
(22 May)
Field Scout Intern Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(11 June)
Early Season Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQ'D.
(27 June)
Southwest-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Vincennes, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(17 July)
Mid Season Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(23 - 25 July)
The InfoAg Conference
Union Station, St. Louis, MO. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(26 July)
MSU Agriculture Innovation Day
MSU Farms, 3750 N. College Rd., Lansing, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ. Extension.
(30 July)
Indiana CCA Crop Diagnostic Training
Northeast-Purdue Ag Center, near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(31 July)
Indiana CCA Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(31 July - 1 Aug)
North American Manure Expo
Fair Oaks, Indiana.
(1 Aug)
Indiana CCA Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(7 Aug)
Forage Management Workshop
Feldun-Purdue Ag Center, near Bedford, IN. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(13 Aug)
Post-Harvest Grain Management Workshop
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(19 Aug)
Flame Weeding Workshop
Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center Ithaca, Nebraska. Organized by Univ Nebraska Extension. Pre-register by Aug 5.
(21 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(22 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(27 Aug)
Southeast-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Butlerville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(27 - 29 Aug)
Farm Progress Show
near Decatur, IL. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(29 Aug)
Davis-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(5 Sep)
Crops Field Day at Purdue's Agronomy Farm
near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Stay tuned for more information.
(10 - 12 Sep)
Husker Harvest Days
Near Grand Island, NE. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(17 - 18 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program. Pre-registration encouraged.
(17 - 19 Dec)
Indiana Farm Equipment & Technology Expo
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Hoosier Ag Today and Farm World.

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 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
(18 Apr)
Updates to corn and soybean potassium fertilizer guidelines in Minnesota
Dan Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(18 Apr)
Safe Handling of Treated Seed
lizabeth Stahl, Univ. of Minnesota
(18 Apr)
Take a picture - Identify weeds
Jared Goplen, Univ. of Minnesota
(18 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(17 Apr)
Farmers sampling for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) surprised by what they find
Angie Peltier, Jared Goplen, and Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(17 Apr)
Here We Go Again: How Many Days Does It Take to Plant the U.S. Corn Crop?
Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(16 Apr)
Variable vs. Uniform Seeding Rates for Corn
Emerson Nafziger, Univ Illinois
(16 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Spring Roller Coaster to Continue
  • OARDC Branch Station Near-Surface Air and Soil Temperatures
  • Effect of Soybean Relative Maturity on Grain Yield
  • What are your Bedding Options; Is Keeping a Thin Wheat Stand Worth It?
  • Assessing the Value of Variable Seeding Rates in Corn Production
  • The PLFA Soil Health Test
(16 Apr)
Winterkilled or delayed alfalfa termination - Should I consider planting soybean?
lisa Behnken, Fritz Breitenbach, Ryan Miller and Jeff Gunsolus, Univ. of Minnesota
(16 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(15 Apr)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • SDSU Extension Flood Page
  • Floods Continue With a Wet Outlook
  • SD Mesonet Reports on Soil Moisture Levels as Profile Thaws & Flood Waters Recede
  • Planting Considerations for a Late Spring
  • Soybean Gall Midge: What We Know So Far
  • Fungicide Seed Treatment Considerations for 2019
  • A Five-Step Approach to Alleviating Farm Stress
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Don’t Forget About Stored Grain This Spring
(15 Apr)
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Corny News Network, Purdue Univ.
(12 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(12 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(12 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Weed control strategies for grain sorghum
  • Considerations for split fungicide treatments on wheat
  • What are the causes of yellow wheat?
  • Alfalfa weevil activity in Kansas - Early April 2019
  • First hollow stem update: April 9, 2019
(12 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • 2019 Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report – 2019
  • Resources for Purdue Field Crop Diseases
  • What to Look for When Alfalfa is Scouted in the Early Spring
  • Save the Date – Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center Celebration
  • Indiana Climate and Weather Report
(11 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Identifying Optimal Soybean Planting Dates Across The U.S.
  • Assessing Your 2019 Winter Wheat Crop Stand and Spring Nitrogen Timing
  • Soybean Planting Date And Maturity Group Considerations Moving Into 2019
  • How Thick Should I Plant My Corn? What Are Other Farmers Doing?
  • The 2019 Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest Is Announced!
  • Wisconsin Herbicide Mode Of Action Chart
  • Brown Midrib and Leafy Corn Silage Performance + A New BMR Economics Calculator
  • WSMB Free Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing Program Is Back In 2019
(11 Apr)
5 tips for managing potassium fertilizer
Daniel Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(11 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(9 Apr)
Five Things We've Learned about Dicamba
Kevin Bradley and Mandy Bish, Univ. of Missouri
(9 Apr)
Planter Maintenance Tips for 2019
Mark Hanna, Iowa State Univ.
(8 Apr)
Nitrogen: Flex and Go Fast
Peter Scharf, Univ. of Missouri
(8 Apr)
Corn planting guidelines to reduce risk and maximize economic return
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(8 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • SPRING ROLLER COASTER RIDE COMING
  • Modified Relay Intercropping: Now is the Time to Make Sure your Plan will Work
  • Solvita ® CO2 Respiration Soil Health Test
  • 2018 County Yield Estimates Available
  • Fertilizer Certification for First Time Applicators
(8 Apr)
Corn and Soybean Export Update
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(5 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Black Cutworm Moths Have Begun Their Arrival
  • 2019 Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • ATS and Burndown Herbicide Treatments
  • Indiana Climate and Weather Report
(5 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(5 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(5 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Soil and plant considerations for late applications of anhydrous ammonia
  • Placement and rate considerations for nitrogen application with starter fertilizer
  • Soil temperature and moisture update for early April 2019
  • Pre-emergence herbicide programs for corn
  • First hollow stem update: April 3, 2019
  • Soybean disease management considerations for 2019
  • Review of drought-tolerant corn hybrids: Yield benefits
(3 Apr)
Waiting for Spring? There is plenty of time to learn more about Palmer amaranth
Dana D'Amico, Univ. of Minnesota
(2 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Assessing Winter Damage and Evaluating Alfalfa Stand Health
  • New Requirements to Apply Dicamba!
  • The Haney Test for Soil Health
  • Honey Bee Health around Grain Crops
  • Keep an Eye Out for Water Quality Risk This Spring
  • Estimating Wheat Yield With Stem Counts
  • Tri-State Farm Bill Summit
  • Weather Outlook Podcast
  • Fertilizer Certification for New Applicators
(2 Apr)
Flood Adulterated Grain - Nutrient Supply to Crops When Land Applied
John Sawyer and Antonio Mallarino, Iowa State Univ.
(1 Apr)
Spring management is key to realizing the benefits of alfalfa-corn rotations
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(1 Apr)
Soybean Seed Testing
KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(1 Apr)
USDA Reports Provide Surprises for Corn
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

Corn planting (IN)
Soy planting (IN)
Maximum Weekly Corn & Soy Planting Progress (IN)

Featured Information

The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Sulfur Fertilizer Response of Corn in Indiana
Soil Sampling Guidelines (AY-368-W)
How to Understand and Interpret Soil Health Tests
2019 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
Integrated Pest Information Platform
Info on the development of soybean rust, southern rust, etc. in the U.S.
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 Cyst Nematode Field Guide (IA)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Info (IA)
Take Action Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds
2019 Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois
Weed Identification Field Guide (IA)
Yield Data Processing & Cleaning (NE)
Yield Monitor Operation & Calibration (NE)

Misc. Proceedings

Iowa Crop Management Conference
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course
North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference
Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic