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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
(12 - 13 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program. Pre-register by Dec 5 for discounted price.
(13 Dec)
Purdue Post Harvest Update and Recertification Workshop
Beck Agricultural Center near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Pre-register by Dec 6 for discounted fee.
(12 - 14 Dec)
Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course
Minneapolis, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association.
(14 Dec)
Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo
Saunders County Fairground near Wahoo, NE. Organized by Nebraska Extension.
(14 - 15 Dec)
Missouri Crop Management Conference
Columbia, MO. Organized by Missouri Extension. Pre-registration required.
(20 Dec)
Michigan Integrated Crop & Pest Management Update
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ.
(2 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Waseca, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(3 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Rochester, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(3 - 4 Jan)
Southwest Ontario Ag. Conference
Ridgetown, Ontario, CANADA. Organized by Southwest Soil and Crop Improvement Associations, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, and University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
(4 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Lamberton, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(5 Jan)
Fremont Corn Expo
Fremont, NE. Organized by Nebraska Extension.
(8 Jan)
West Ohio Agronomy Day
Fort Loramie, OH. Organized by Ohio State Extension.
(9 Jan)
Purdue Top Farmer Conference
Beck Agricultural Center, near West Lafayette, IN. Pre-conference workshop on Jan 8. Register for one or both events.
(9 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Morris, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(9 - 11 Jan)
Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
Madison, WI. A collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association and the University of Wisconsin.
(9 - 12 Jan)
National No-Tillage Conference
Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY. Organized by No-Till Farmer Magazine.
(10 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Willmar, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(10 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Gering, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(10 - 11 Jan)
Purdue Certified Crop Adviser Exam Prep Course
Beck Ag. Center, Purdue Agronomy Farm, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. Pre-registration required by Jan 3, 2018.
(11 Jan)
Minnesota Research Updates for Ag Professionals
Crookston, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(11 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
North Platte, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(16 Jan)
West Ohio Agronomy Day (night program)
Fort Loramie, OH. Organized by Ohio State Extension.
(16 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Norfolk, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(16 - 17 Jan)
Northwest Missouri CCA Conference
Saint Joseph, MO. Organized by Missouri Extension and Missouri CCA Program. Pre-registration required.
(18 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Lincoln, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(19 Jan)
Northwest Ohio Corn & Soybean Day
Archbold, OH. Organized by Ohio State Extension.
(22 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Westville, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(23 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Bluffton, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(24 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Seymour, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(25 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Vincennes, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(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.
(6 - 7 Feb)
Iowa Soybean Association Farmer Research Conference
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA. Pre-registration required.
(7 - 10 Feb)
Pennsylvania Farming for the Future Conference
Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Organized by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
(14 - 17 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(21 - 22 Feb)
Midwest Women In Ag Conference
Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Save the date.
(27 Feb)
Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
Stevens Point, WI. Organized by Wisconsin Extension.
(1 - 3 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(6 - 7 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(28 - 30 Aug)
Farm Progress Show
near Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(6 Sep)
Crops Field Day at ACRE
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.

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.

(12 Dec)
Switches in Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat Acres in the U.S. and Illinois
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(12 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Dec)
Corn Use for Ethanol Update
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(8 Dec)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(7 Dec)
Video: Combine Cleaning To Prevent Spreading Weed Seeds
Univ Wisconsin Extension
(7 Dec)
5 Best Practices for Late Fall Fertilizer Managemen
Daniel Kaiser, Paulo Pagliari and Fabian Fernandez, Univ. of Minnesota
(7 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(7 Dec)
Crop Insurance per Acre Coverage: Historical Experience and Potential Issues
Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, and Nick Paulson, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(6 Dec)
Another Wrinkle in the RFS: The Small Refinery Exemption
Jonathan Coppess & Scott Irwin, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(5 Dec)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Selecting Corn Hybrids for 2018: Some Considerations
  • 2017 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional Overviews
  • Update on required dicamba training for 2018
  • Agricultural Data Coalition
  • Nutrient Management Plan Writers Are Still At Work In The Western Lake Erie Basin In 2018
  • 2017 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials - Sortable Tables Online Now
  • Soil Health Workshop
  • CCA Pre-Exam Training January 10 & 11
  • 2018 West Ohio Agronomy Day
  • Soybean Inputs – Focus on Payback
  • Northwest Ohio Corn & Soybean Day to be held in Archbold – January 19th
  • All-Ohio Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Conference January 19, 2018
(1 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(1 Dec)
What Strategic Issues Should Influence my Growth Options?
Michael Langemeier & Michael Boehlje, Purdue Univ.
(29 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(28 Nov)
Fall N Loss: Do These Scenarios Apply to You?
Greg Klinger & Anne Struffert, Univ. of Minnesota
(28 Nov)
Projected and Harvest Prices in 2017
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(27 Nov)
Acreage Prospects for 2018
Todd Hubbs, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(27 Nov)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(22 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(21 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Wet Pattern Likely Into Next Spring!
  • Yield Data Quality for Post-Harvest Analyses
  • 2017 Ohio Corn Performance Test Preliminary Results Now Available On-Line
  • New Website Addresses Agriculture Best Management Practice Placement and Use
  • Grain Marketing Breakfast Series to be Held in December
  • West Ohio Agronomy Day
  • Precision University: Nutrient Technology
(17 Nov)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Factors to consider in winter survival of wheat
  • Kansas wheat crop progress as of mid-November 2017
  • Control of mustards in wheat
  • Identification and characteristics of the different mustard species in Kansas
  • Does canola need additional sulfur?
  • 2018 Kansas Corn Management Schools
  • Cover crop field day: November 29 in Holton, Kansas
(17 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(17 Nov)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Pest&Crop Survey 2017
  • 2018 Crop Management Workshops
  • CCA Exam Prep Course
  • New App Available for Corn Ear Rot and Mycotoxin Management
  • Post Harvest Update and Recertification Workshop
(16 Nov)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
  • 2017 Oats & Barley Performance Tests
  • 2017 Soybean Variety Performance Tests
  • 2018 IPM Field Scout Training Class
  • Soybean Yield Gaps Through Data Collection
  • Assessment to Determine Adoption of Pollinator Protection Practices
  • RR2Y vs. Xtend Soybean Cultivar Performance in 2017
(16 Nov)
Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices and Costs Lower for 2018
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(14 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(10 Nov)
Label Changes for XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan
Aaron Hager, Univ of Illinois
(9 Nov)
Fall vs. Spring: When to Apply Phosphorus
Paulo Pagliari, Univ. of Minnesota
(9 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(7 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Yet More Rain during Delayed 2017 Harvest: Managing the Risk of Soil Compaction
  • 2017 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials- Yield Data Available
(3 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(3 Nov)
Managing wet corn with a late harvest
Liz Stahl, Dave Nicolai and Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(3 Nov)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(2 Nov)
Comparing NASS and RMA County Yields for Corn
Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, and Jonathan Coppess, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(1 Nov)
Should We Be Surprised about the U.S. Average Yield of Corn and Soybeans in 2017?
Scott Irwin, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily

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 (IN)
Soy planting (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

Corn Grain Test Weight
Convert Wet Corn Weight to Dry Corn Weight
Diplodia Ear Rot of Corn
Gibberella Ear Rot of Corn
Common and Southern Rusts (Corn)
Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests – Research and Recommendation Update (IN)
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
Grain Fill Stages in Corn
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)
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