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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.


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Upcoming Educational Events

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Programs
Commercial Pesticide Applicator CCH Programs
(30 Aug)
Davis-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(30 Aug - 1 Sep)
Farm Progress Show
Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(31 Aug)
Wisconsin Agronomy & Soil Science Field Day
Arlington Ag Research Station, Arlington, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Extension.
(7 Sep)
Late Season Crop Diagnostic Training
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center, near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(8 Sep)
Purdue Agronomy Field Day
Agronomy Center for Research and Education, near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(10 Sep)
Southern Indiana Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Dubois, 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.
(1 Oct)
Indiana State Corn Husking Contest
Craig Geyer Farm, 20565 Tyler Rd, Bremen, IN.
(16 - 17 Oct)
Minnesota State & National Corn Husking Contest
Ofstie Farm, Goodhue, MN.
(15 - 17 Nov)
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
Princess Royale Hotel, Ocean City, MD. Organized by the University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Systems in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic CCA Board, and the USDA-NRCS.
(29 - 30 Nov)
Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar
French Lick, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension, Kentucky Extension, AgriBusiness Council of Indiana, AgriBusiness Assoc Kentucky, and the Kentucky CCA Program.
(13 - 14 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program.
(15 - 18 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.

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

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(26 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Sudden Death Syndrome Developing in Soybeans
  • Projected Maturity Dates for Corn in 2016
  • South Dakota Soybean Aphid Update
  • Top 10 Management Practices for Weed Control
  • Grasshoppers in South Dakota Sunflower
  • Pre-Harvest Weed Control in Row Crops
  • A Cover Crop Extravaganza
(26 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • VIDEO: Bean Leaf Beetle Pod Feeding
  • 2016 Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Ear Rot Update
(26 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(26 Aug)
Brown marmorated stink bug detected in Minnesota soybean
Robert Koch and Daniela Pezzini, Univ. of Minnesota
(26 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(26 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Basal bark and cut-stump herbicide applications for control of woody plants on rangeland
  • Soybean pests update
  • Sorghum pests update
  • 2016 Kansas Wheat Seed Book now available
  • Pre-plant wheat schools, August 30
  • South Central Kansas Experiment Field fall field day, August 30
  • Fall weather outlook
(26 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(26 Aug)
Opening Up the Black Box: More on the USDA Corn Yield Forecasting Methodology
Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(26 Aug)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(26 Aug)
Best Management Practices for Collecting Accurate Yield Data and Avoiding Errors During Harvest
Joe Luck (Univ of Nebr) and John Fulton (Ohio St Univ), Nebraska Extension Circular EC2005
(25 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Question of the week: What is up with all of this white mold on soybeans?
  • Top 8 Recommendations for Winter Wheat Establishment in 2016
  • Start Managing for Fusarium Head Blight Now Before You Plant the 2016/17 Crop
(25 Aug)
Soil compaction management at harvest
Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Univ. of Minnesota
(24 Aug)
Will Crop Insurance Pay in 2016?
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(23 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(23 Aug)
Palmer amaranth: A new weed threat to watch out for
Lisa Behnken, Fritz Breitenbach, Jeff Gunsolus, Phyllis Bongard, Liz Stahl, Univ. of Minnesota
(23 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(23 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(23 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Ear development impacted by drought conditions
  • Late season purple corn
  • Late season diseases are making their appearance
  • Prevention is the key to managing stored grain pests
  • Bean Leaf Beetles Don’t Quit at the End of August (Unlike Your Summer Help)
  • Farmer Led Water Quality Monitoring - Initial Results and Request for Participants
  • Fertilizer Application Certification & Training (FACT), Nutrient Management Field Day - September 6th
  • Unlawful or Anti-Competitive Activities-The Big Data Confusion: Part 13
(22 Aug)
Some things to consider with late-season soybean aphid insecticide applications
Bruce Potter and Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(22 Aug)
Corn and Soybean Storage
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(21 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Volunteer wheat control: Protecting the state's wheat crop
  • Starter fertilizers for wheat
  • Early-season nitrogen for wheat
  • Controlling tall, thick stands of weeds in wheat stubble
  • Estimating soybean yield potential: A web-based app
  • Timing the final irrigation of the season
  • 2016 Kansas Wheat Seed Book now available
(19 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Black Moths Abundant Around the Farm
  • Corn Earworm
  • 2016 Corn Earworm Trap Report
(19 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(19 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(19 Aug)
Pay Close Attention to Moisture of Corn for Silage
Chad Lee, Donna Amaral-Phillips and Nick Roy, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(18 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Agronomy/Soils Field Day at ARS is on Wed, Aug 31
  • Intensive Winter Wheat Management
  • Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybean Video
(18 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(18 Aug)
Understanding "Implied Ear Weight" in USDA's August Corn Yield Forecast
Scott Irwin & Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(16 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Estimating Yield Losses in Drought Damaged Corn Fields
  • Screening conservation cover seed for the presence of Palmer amaranth - be informed before you plant
  • Potential for Nitrate Problems in Drought Stressed Corn
  • Back to the Future with Stink Bugs?
  • Pesticide Disposal Collection Days
  • Champaign County Precision Ag Day: Planter Technology
  • Fertilizer Applicator Certification & Training
  • FSR Nutrient Management Field Day – September 14
(15 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(15 Aug)
Major Focus on Corn and Soybean Yields, But Acreage Questions Surface
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(13 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • New app can help protect wheat grain yields in dual-purpose systems
  • Tips for fall planting of alfalfa
  • Planning your wheat fertility program: Start now by soil testing
  • Liming acid soils for optimum wheat production
  • Precision ag tools and on-farm population research
  • Twin row corn on-farm research in Saline County
  • Preplant wheat schools to be held in northwest and north central Kansas
  • Planter School at K-State, August 15
  • Yield Monitor School at K-State, August 16
  • North Central Kansas Experiment Fields fall field day, August 16
  • East Central Experiment Field fall field day, August 17
  • Northwest Research-Extension Center fall field day, August 23
  • Agricultural Research Center-Hays fall field day, August 24
  • Southwest Research-Extension Center fall field day, August 25
(12 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Update on Soybean Aphid Populations in South Dakota
  • Scouting for Aphids in Corn
  • White Mold Starting to Develop in Soybeans
  • Chopping Corn for Silage is on its Way
  • Pyrethroid Resistant Soybean Aphids Next Door
(12 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(12 Aug)
Some Perspective on the USDA's August 1 Corn and Soybean Yield Projections
Scott Irwin & Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(12 Aug)
August Crop Production Report
USDA-NASS
(11 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Warm Nights & High Yield: Oil & Water?
  • Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
  • Western Bean Cutworm: Damage Reported in Northern Counties
  • Western Bean Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • 2016 Corn Earworm Trap Report
(11 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Don’t delay soybean planting to manage SDS
  • Agronomy/Soils Field Day at ARS is on Wed, Aug 31
  • Wisconsin Corn Southern Rust Update
  • White Mold Showing Up in Wisconsin soybean fields
(11 Aug)
Minnesota field tour highlights cover crops and perennial species to reduce soil erosion in field crops
David Nicolai, Rebekah Carlson, and Scotty Wells, Univ. of Minnesota
(11 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(10 Aug)
Reducing risk to pollinators in and near soybean
Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(10 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(9 Aug)
Warm Nights & High Yield: Oil & Water?
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(9 Aug)
Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(9 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(8 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Early Autumn Weather Outlook
  • Bt Resistance in Western Corn Rootworm—The 3rd Shoe Has Dropped
  • Warm Nights May Impact Corn Yield
  • Spider Mites in Corn
  • Contract Termination - The Big Data Confusion: Part 12
  • Protect Water--Keep Nutrients in the Field
  • FSR Agronomy College is September 13
(8 Aug)
What Corn and Soybean Yield is the Market Trading?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(5 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Brush Management on Working Landscapes in Southwest Wisconsin Field-day
  • Scouting for Corn Rootworm Beetles
  • Two-Spotted Spider Mite and Soybean Aphid Update
  • What is happening in the corn plant during the month of August?
  • Wisconsin Winter Wheat Performance Trials 2016
(5 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Goss’s Wilt Beginning to Show up in Corn
  • Scouting for Green Cloverworms in Soybean
  • Scouting and Thresholds for Red Sunflower Seed Weevils
  • Scouting for Tarnished Plant Bug in Sunflower
  • What’s the difference between herbicide Mode of Action and Site of Action?
(5 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Swarms of "Weird Worms" and "Hover Flies" Infest Indiana Corn Fields
  • Western Bean Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • 2016 Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Soybeans at R-3 Benefit from Ample Water
  • Grain Fill Stages in Corn
  • Confirmations PPO-Resistant Amaranth Continue to Rise
(5 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(5 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(5 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(4 Aug)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(3 Aug)
Grain Fill Stages in Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(3 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(3 Aug)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(3 Aug)
Two miticides recently received registration for use against twospotted spider mites in soybean
Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(2 Aug)
Assessing and reporting potential cases of soybean aphid resistance to pyrethroids
Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(2 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(2 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • 2016 Ohio Wheat Performance Test Available Online
  • Spraying Insecticides on Soybeans and Honey Bees
  • “Tassel Ears” Sightings in Corn
  • Two New Products Available for Twospotted Spider Mite Management (One for Each Spot)
  • Western Bean Cutworm Update
  • NW Ohio Precision Ag Sprayer Day - Next Tuesday
(1 Aug)
Corn development and yield forecast: Stress now reduces kernel number
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(1 Aug)
Corn and Soybeans in the Home Stretch
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(1 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

Corn crop condition ratings
Corn harvest progress
Corn physiologically mature
Corn in dent or beyond
Corn in dough or beyond
Corn silking or beyond
Corn planting
Soy planting

Featured Information

Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
Grain Fill Stages in Corn
A Fast & Accurate "Pregnancy" Test for Corn
Tassel Emergence & Pollen Shed
Silk Development and Emergence 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)
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)
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