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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
(26 Apr)
Kentucky Wheat Production Field School
Princeton, KY (UKREC). "Prior to Flowering" training sessions. Pre-registration required.
(17 May)
Conservation Cropping System Workshop
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(18 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.
(14 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.
(22 - 23 June)
Indiana Farm Management Tour
Various locations in Howard and Carroll counties, Indiana. Organized by Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.
(13 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.
(25 - 27 Jul)
The InfoAg Conference
Union Station, St. Louis, MO. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(17 Aug)
Illinois Agronomy Day
Urbana, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(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.
(12 - 14 Sep)
Husker Harvest Days
Near Grand Island, NE. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(19 - 21 Sep)
Ohio Farm Science Review
Near London, OH. Organized by Ohio State Univ. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
(7 Oct)
Indiana State Corn Husking Contest
Craig Geyer Farm, 20565 Tyler Rd, Bremen, IN.
(20 - 21 Oct)
Missouri State & National Corn Husking Contest
Saline Co. Fairgrounds, Marshall, MO.

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.

(25 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Getting corn off to a good start - planting depth can make a difference
  • Wheat Growth Stages and Associated Management: Feekes 7, 8, and 9
  • BIG SWINGS IN WEATHER PATTERN AHEAD
  • Seeding Recommendations Following Pipeline Construction
  • Cooperators Needed for Pipeline Impacts Study
  • Pasture Walk to Evaluate Forages
(24 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(24 Apr)
Current Corn Market Price Factors for 2017
Todd Hubbs, Univ. of Illinois
(21 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Planting Date and Maturity Group Considerations Moving into a Potentially Early Spring 2017
  • Hay Desiccants and Preservatives
  • Cutting Alfalfa Very Frequently
  • The Seed Variety Database is Now Live
  • What’s Standing Alfalfa Worth in 2017?
(21 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • This Week, Even More Armyworm Moths
  • Alfalfa Weevil Development Map
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Report
(21 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(21 Apr)
Fungicide application for protection against scab – what do I do when I can’t hit the “perfect” timing?
Carl Bradley, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(20 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(18 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Facts about Early-Season Wheat Diseases
  • Soybean and Small Grain Research Report Available Online
  • Soybean Planting Date, Row Width, and Seeding Rate Recommendations
  • Alfalfa Weevil: An early-season pest
(17 Apr)
Planting Progress and Implications for Corn and Soybean Acreage
Todd Hubbs, Univ. of Illinois
(14 Apr)
Relationship between Cash Rent and Net Return to Land
Nathan Carson & Michael Langemeier, Purdue Univ.
(14 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Healthy Dose of Armyworm Moths
  • Alfalfa Weevil Management Guidelines
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Report
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Spring Burndown Applications To Weeds And Cover Crops
(14 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(14 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Wheat stripe rust on the move in Kansas
  • Wheat leaf rust and tan spot getting a foothold in Kansas
  • Wheat growing conditions update: April 14, 2017
  • Corn planting in Kansas: Soil moisture and precipitation outlook
  • Soybean planting dates and maturity group: Trends and K-State recommendations
(13 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(13 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(12 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(11 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Still trying to figure out what to do with dicamba in Xtend soybeans this year?
  • Establishing New Forage Stands
  • New Forage Website Launched
(11 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Apr)
Earliest Planting, Final Planting Dates, and Prevented Planting Factors for Crop Insurance
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(7 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Insect Musing for a Wet, Cool Early April
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Adult Pheromone Report
  • Yield Response of Corn to Plant Population in Indiana
  • Residual Herbicides and Fall Cover Crop Establishment
  • The Dicamba Labels for Xtend Soybeans
(7 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(7 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Weed control strategies in grain sorghum
  • Corn planting in Kansas: Status as of early April
  • Early reports of stripe rust and leaf rust in wheat
  • Drought-tolerant corn hybrids: Yield benefits
  • Wheat growth stage update and risk of freeze damage: April 7, 2017
(7 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(6 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • 2017 Field Crop Fungicide Efficacy Tables Now Posted
  • 2017 Wisconsin Soybean Association Soybean Yield Contest
  • Stripe Rust Found to be Present and Already Active in Wisconsin Winter Wheat
  • Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board Announces Changes to the 2017 Free Nematode Testing Program
  • Risk and Profitability of Lowering Your Soybean Seeding Rates in 2017
(5 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(4 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Some last minute tips to manage diseases before we hit the planters
  • Managing Frost Injured Alfalfa
  • Wetness Could Delay Early Planting
  • True Armyworm Moth Count Running High
  • Too Early to Plant…Take Soybean Production Survey and Receive $40
  • EPA Denies Petition to Ban Pesticide Chlorpyrifos
  • Now is the Time to Check Your Nozzles
(3 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(31 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(31 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Corn planting in Kansas: Current and predicted soil moisture and temperatures
  • Everest remains most widely planted wheat variety in Kansas
  • Using new Kansas Mesonet tool to scout with confidence - alfalfa weevil
  • "Management Following Wildfire": Newly revised K-State publication
(30 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(29 Mar)
Options for Freeze Damaged Wheat: Which Will be Most Profitable?
Greg Halich, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(29 Mar)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(28 Mar)
2017 Corn Planting Recommendations
Carrie Knott & Chad Lee,s, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(24 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(24 Mar)
2017 UK Wheat Field School - EMERGENCY FREEZE EVENT Sessions Available Online
Edwin Ritchey, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(24 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Soil-applied residual herbicide options for soybeans
  • Status of new ALS-resistant Inzen sorghum technology
  • Corn planting and soil temperatures: Late-March and projected conditions
  • Early-season outlook for wheat diseases
(23 Mar)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(23 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(21 Mar)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Rethinking Gramoxone at a Reduced Price
  • Reminder – we are winding down the first phase of the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training
  • Topdressing Wheat with Liquid Swine Manure
  • Soil Amendment and Foliar Application Product Evaluation Trials Summary
  • Wheat Nitrogen Rates
  • Making Hay from Seeding to Harvest Workshop - April 3rd
  • Drift Happens! Train the Trainer Workshop - April 20th
  • New Ohio Website to Help Farmers Review Precision Ag Tools
(21 Mar)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
(21 Mar)
Historical Planted Acre Changes for Corn and Soybeans
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(17 Mar)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Nitrogen Management Guidelines for Corn in Indiana
  • Wheat and Cold Weather
  • Spring Herbicide Applications on Winter Wheat
  • 2017 Popcorn Agri-Chemical Handout
  • Purdue Extension Field Crop Specialists
(17 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(17 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Starter fertilizer rates and placement for corn
  • Management strategies for Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans
  • New Mesonet Growing Degree Day calculation web page
  • Soil temperatures: Current as of mid-March and projected
  • Wheat condition after recent cold snap
  • First hollow stem update: March 17, 2017
(16 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(15 Mar)
Assessing Winter Wheat Damage
Carrie Knott, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(10 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(10 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Preemergence herbicide programs for corn
  • Wheat grazeout decision during the 2016-17 growing season
  • Corn seeding rate recommendations
  • First hollow stem update: March 10, 2017
(9 Mar)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Recycle your Empty Pesticide Containers
  • Western Bean Cutworm Management
(9 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(7 Mar)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • March Weather Update
  • Winter Wheat Progress and Management- Check Your Fields
  • Alfalfa Risks from the Wild Weather Ride This Winter
  • Early Season Forage Seeding Considerations
  • Overholt Drainage School to Start Monday in London
(6 Mar)
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana (UPDATED)
Jim Camberato & RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(3 Mar)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Cover Crop Adoption: Farmers’ perceived benefits & barriers
  • Winter Wheat: Winter Kill?
  • Soil Health Principles
  • Cash & Basis
  • Land-Use Change Decisions: Motivations in the Eastern Dakotass
(3 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(3 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Split fungicide treatments on wheat: Should producers consider an early application?
  • Spring herbicide application decisions on wheat: The importance of growth stage
  • First hollow stem update March 3, 2017
  • Wheat update: Precipitation, air temperatures, vegetative conditions as of March 3
  • On-farm Research Collaborative Project: Non-biased, Research-based, and Grower-driven
(2 Mar)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

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

Featured Information

Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
Response of Corn to Starter Fertilizer
Sulfur Deficiency in Corn
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)
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
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
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