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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
(23 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Winona Lake, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(24 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Alexandria, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(25 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Odon, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(25 Jan)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Springfield, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(26 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Beck Ag. Center, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(27 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Beck Ag. Center, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(27 Jan)
Bi-State Crop Advantage Conference
Davenport, IA. Organized by Iowa Extension and Illinois Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(27 Jan)
Western Illinois - Northeastern Missouri No-till Crop Management Conference
Quincy, IL. Organized by Iowa Extension and Illinois Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(1 Feb)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Champaign, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(1 - 4 Feb)
Pennsylvania Farming for the Future Conference
Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Organized by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
(6 Feb)
Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Program
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.
(7 Feb)
Darke Co. Soybean College
Greenville, OH. Organized by Ohio State Extension. Pre-registration required.
(7 - 8 Feb)
Iowa Soybean Association Research Conference
Des Moines, IA. Pre-registration required.
(15 Feb)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Malta, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(15 - 18 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(15 - 16 Feb)
Iowa Soil Healthy Conference
Scheman Building, Ames, IA. Organized by Iowa State Extension.
(16 Feb)
Managing for 2017 & Beyond
Putnam Co. Fairgrounds, Greencastle, IN. Crop management & decision-making strategies to weather the economic storm. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-registration required by Feb 14.
(16 Feb)
Managing for 2017 & Beyond
Greene Co. Extension Office, Bloomfield, IN. Crop management & decision-making strategies to weather the economic storm. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-registration required by Feb 14.
(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.
(29 Mar)
Drone Technology Educational Program
Charotte, MI. Organized by Michigan State Extension. Preregistration encouraged.
(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.

(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.
(22 Dec)
A Quick Primer on US Agricultural Trade
Kathy Baylis, Univ. of Illinois
(20 Dec)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Hybrid performance with and without various transgenic traits – Ohio trends
  • OSU Agronomy Webinars Planned
  • Taking a second look at “food grade” corn: Q & A
  • West Ohio Agronomy Day Set
  • Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series
  • Northwest Ohio Corn & Soybean Day
(20 Dec)
Rising Interest Rates and Farmland Prices
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(16 Dec)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(16 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(16 Dec)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Grazing cover crops: Toxicity considerations
  • Nutrient availability in poultry manure
  • K-State Corn Management Schools scheduled for January 2017
  • Canola College 2017 in Enid, January 19, 2017
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January 2017
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for late January and early February 2017
  • New K-State 2017 Chemical Weed Control Guide now available online
(14 Dec)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
(12 Dec)
Investigating U.S. Soybean Export Potential
Todd Hubbs, Univ. of Illinois
(9 Dec)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(9 Dec)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Wheat growth and development this fall in Kansas
  • Possible consequences of very cold temperatures to the Kansas wheat crop
  • Wheat scab resistance gene found
  • Kansas Forage and Grasslands Council annual meeting, December 13, Wichita
  • K-State Corn Management Schools scheduled for January 2017
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January 2017
  • K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for late January and early February 2017
  • November weather summary for Kansas: A warm month
  • Winter outlook – December 2016 to February 2017
  • Wind chill analysis … at your fingertips!
(8 Dec)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • 2017 IPM Field Scout Training Class
  • 2017 WSA Area Soybean Conferences
  • Finalists for the 2016 WSA Soybean Yield Contest are Announced
  • 2016 Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Performance Trials
  • Wisconsin Soybean Variety Performance Trials 2016
  • 2017 Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
  • 2016 Wisconsin Pest Management Update Tour Slides Now Live!
  • Does Strip Tillage or Fertilizer Placement Influence the Soybean Row Spacing Yield Response?
  • Delineating Optimal Soybean Maturity Groups Across the United States
  • State Crop Hybrid/Variety Trials: A Wealth of Information
  • New Traits Don’t Automatically Translate to Highest Yield!
(8 Dec)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(7 Dec)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(6 Dec)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Are you seeing purple wheat?
  • 2016 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional Overviews
  • Ohio Soybean Performance Trials - Sortable Tables Online Now
  • Farmers asked to respond to survey on Natural Gas Grain Drying
  • Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium
  • All-Ohio Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Conference
  • Learn to Control Problem Weeds
(6 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(6 Dec)
2017 Crop Budgets and Current Prices Say Switch to Soybeans and Expect Low Returns
Gary Schnitkey and Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(5 Dec)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(2 Dec)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(2 Dec)
Aphid-resistant soybean varieties available for Minnesota
Siddhi Bhusal, Anthony Hanson, Aaron Lorenz and Robert Koch , Univ. of Minnesota
(2 Dec)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Deep tillage considerations
  • Examine soils and look for signs of compaction
  • Measuring the bulk density of soil
  • Considerations when applying anhydrous ammonia for corn in the fall
  • Evaluating wheat crop conditions going into winter
  • Kansas Forage and Grasslands Council annual meeting, December 13, Wichita
  • K-State Corn Management Schools scheduled for January 2017
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January

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)
Corn Nitrogen Management for Indiana
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
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