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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
(13 - 16 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(20 Feb)
Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
Stevens Point, WI. Organized by Wisconsin Extension.
(20 - 21 Feb)
Midwest Women In Ag Conference
Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Save the date.
(28 - 29 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE. Organized by Univ Nebraska Extension.
(28 Feb - 2 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(5 Mar)
Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop
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, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue University Extension. Preregistration encouraged by 28 Feb.
(5 - 6 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(27 June)
Southwest-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Vincennes, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(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.
(31 July - 1 Aug)
North American Manure Expo
Fair Oaks, Indiana.
(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.
(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.

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.

(11 Feb)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(11 Feb)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(11 Feb)
USDA Reports Provide Little Support for Corn and Soybeans
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(8 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(8 Feb)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Topdressing canola: How to maximize the benefits
  • Marestail in soybeans: Strategies for the best control
  • Late-winter preplant applications for kochia control
  • Ag-Climate Update for January 2019 - New look and features
  • Learn about the new monthly Kansas Ag-Climate Update
(6 Feb)
Nutrient Management Podcast: a conversation on sulfur
Fabian Fernandez, Dan Kaiser and Jeff Vetch, Univ. of Minnesota
(6 Feb)
Soybean Seed Quality Considerations for 2019
Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky; Daren Mueller, Iowa State University; Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky
(5 Feb)
As a Cover Crop, How Does Wheat Compare to Cereal Rye?
Erin Haramoto, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(5 Feb)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Weather Outlook The LL-GT27 soybean – what’s legal?
  • Double-Crop Soybean Yields after Barley in Northwest Ohio
  • American Society of Agronomy Webinar Series on Fusarium Head Blight
  • Learn More about eFields at Regional Meetings
  • Intensive Soybean Management Workshop - Clinton County
  • Northeast Ohio Agronomy School Slated for February 20, 2019
  • Cover Crop Resources from Purdue
  • Northern Ohio Crops Day
  • Ohio Intensive Soybean Management Workshop - Hardin County
(5 Feb)
Hold on to Your Insecticide Sprays to Manage Aphids in Wheat in the Harsh Winter of 2019
Raul Villanueva, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(5 Feb)
Assessing the Spring 2019 Kentucky Winter Wheat Condition
Carrie Knott, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(5 Feb)
Nitrogen Management for Wheat in 2019
Edwin Ritchey, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(1 Feb)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(1 Feb)
What source of sulfur is right for you?
Dan Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(1 Feb)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(31 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(29 Jan)
Field Performance of Seed Treatments and Soil Insecticides for Corn Rootworm Control
Nick Seiter and Joe Spencer, Univ. Illinois.
(28 Jan)
How Many Soybean Acres Do We Need in 2019?
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(25 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(23 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • 2019 Outlook Meetings to be held Across Ohio
  • Northern Ohio Crops Day
  • Certified Livestock Manager Training February 6th & 7th
  • Changes to labeling for Engenia (BASF), XtendiMax (Monsanto) and FeXapan (DuPont) for 2019
  • OSU Agronomy Workshop for Crop Consultants
  • Is Foliar Feeding an Economical Way for Organic Dairy Farmers to Boost the Quality and Quantity of Forages?
  • Optimizing Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Increase Ohio Strawberry Productivity
(18 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(18 Jan)
Despite local Bt resistance, growers still have options
Joe Spencer, Univ. of Illinois
(17 Jan)
Manure applied on frozen soil or snow - what will happen to my nitrogen?
Melissa Wilson, Univ. of Minnesota
(17 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(15 Jan)
Updated list of aphid-resistant soybean varieties available for Minnesota
Siddhi Bhusal, Anthony Hanson, Aaron Lorenz and Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(11 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(11 Jan)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(7 Jan)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • 2018 eFields Research Report Available January 9th
  • Winter Application of Manure
  • 2018 Northwest Ohio Corn Silage Test
  • WEST CENTRAL OHIO WEED SCIENCE DAY
  • Last Week to Register for NW Ohio Corn-Soybean Day in Archbold on January 18
  • Northwest Ohio Crops Day A Great Opportunity for NW OH
  • Coshocton and Muskingum County Extension for the 2019 Agronomy School
  • Wyandot Agronomy Day
  • Conservation Tillage Club Breakfast Series
(7 Jan)
Refocus on Wheat
Jochum Wiersma, Univ. of Minnesota
(7 Jan)
Winter Barley
Jochum Wiersma and Becky Zhong, Univ. of Minnesota
(3 Jan)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(3 Jan)
The Geography of High Corn Yields
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(21 Dec)
The Effect of Tar Spot on Corn Hybrids in Wisconsin in 2018
Damon Smith, Brian Mueller, Joe Lauer, Kent Kohn, Thierno Diallo; Univ. Wisconsin
(18 Dec)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Results of the Ohio Crop Performance Trials Available Online
  • 2018 Forage Performance Trials Available
  • Transitional No-Till
  • Register Now! Precision U: In-Season Decisions
  • West Ohio Agronomy Day
  • West Central Ohio Weed Science Day
(18 Dec)
Reducing Bt trait acres in 2019 MN corn production? Implications for European corn borer
Bruce Potter, Ken Ostlie, and Bill Hutchinson, Univ. of Minnesota
(17 Dec)
Glyphosate Resistance Confirmed in Common Ragweed from Columbia County, Wisconsin
Joe Zimbric and Dan Stolteberg, Univ. Wisconsin
(17 Dec)
Drying Late-harvested Soybeans?
Sam McNeill, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(17 Dec)
Cover Crops And Weed Seeds – A Study Of Lab Results Over Three Years
Don Robison, Seed Administrator, Office of Indiana State Chemist.
(17 Dec)
Dicamba Buffers, Training and Licensing: What to Know for 2019
Aaron Hager, Univ. of Illinois

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

Corn crop condition ratings(IN)
Corn harvest progress (IN)
Corn physiologically mature (IN)
Corn in dent or beyond (IN)
Corn in dough or beyond (IN)
Corn silking or beyond (IN)
Corn planting (IN)
Soy planting (IN)
Maximum Weekly Corn & Soy Planting Progress (IN)

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.
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

Sulfur Fertilizer Response of Corn in Indiana
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Corn Grain Test Weight
Converting Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
How to Understand and Interpret Soil Health Tests
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
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
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 (2017)
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