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(27 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Results of the 2015 Wisconsin Winter Wheat Foliar Fungicide Trial
  • Start Managing for Fusarium Head Blight Now Before You Plant the 2015/16 Crop
  • Top 8 Recommendations for Winter Wheat Establishment in 2015
  • Interseeding cover crops into V5 corn
(27 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Residual Herbicides and Fall Cover Crop Establishment
  • Diplodia Ear Rot
  • Goss’ Wilt Marches East in Indiana
(26 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(26 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(25 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Symptoms of Early Maturity in Some Fields in Ohio
  • Does your field have Western Bean Cutworm larva?
  • This Might end up being a Low Foliar Disease Year in Corn
  • Scout Fields Now for Palmer Amaranth
  • From Wet Weather to Dry Weather…
  • Considering Growing Wheat in Wide Rows?
  • Planting Scabby Wheat Q and A
  • Soil Health Workshop Series
  • Central Ohio Corn Field Day
(24 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(24 Aug)
Corn Prices Reflect Export Concerns and Weak Demand Prospects
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(21 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus Management: Plan ahead before planting this fall
  • Sudden Death Syndrome on Soybean
  • Considerations for Blister Beetles in Alfalfa
  • SDSU WEEDS Project at the South Dakota State Fair
  • Farm Equipment, Safety on the Road, Everyone’s Role Upcoming Events
(21 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Green Stink Bug Observed in Southwest Indiana Soybean Fields
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Yield Monitor Calibration Will Be Challenging This Year in Some Indiana Fields
  • Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
(21 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(21 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(21 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Controlling tall, thick stands of weeds in wheat stubble
  • Estimating soybean yield potential: There is a web-based app for this!
  • Starter fertilizers and early-season nitrogen for wheat
  • Some basic points on using anhydrous ammonia for wheat production
  • Timing the final irrigation of the season
  • South Central Kansas Experiment Field fall field day, August 25
  • Canola drill and planter calibration clinics, August 25 and 27
  • Agricultural Research Center-Hays Fall Crop Seminar, August 26
  • Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City fall field day, August 27
(17 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Don’t Press the Panic Button on Soybean Aphid Yet
  • Estimating Soybean Yield
  • Weather Outlook and El Nino Update
  • 2015 Ohio Wheat Performance Test Available Online
  • FSR Agronomy College coming September 15th
(17 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(17 Aug)
Will the Corn Production Forecast Get Smaller?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(16 Aug)
Yield Monitor Calibration Will Be Challenging This Year in Some Indiana Fields
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(15 Aug)
Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(14 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Spraying for Sunflower Insects
  • Wheat Disease Implications for Crop Rotations
  • Cover Crops: Species Selection
  • Late Season Flooding in Soybean
(14 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Testing for Suspect Populations of Herbicide - Resistant Weeds
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trap Report
  • Irrigation Scheduling for the End of the Season
(14 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(14 Aug)
Aphids in corn: The dilemma of post-pollination infestations
Bruce Potter and Ken Ostlie, Univ. of Minnesota
(14 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(14 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Managing wheat for forage and grain: The dual-purpose system
  • Tips for fall planting of alfalfa
  • Planning your wheat fertility program: Start now by soil testing
  • Correlation of soil test nitrate level and wheat yields
  • Liming acid soils for optimum wheat production
  • New faculty in Department of Agronomy
  • North Central Kansas Experiment Fields fall field day, August 18
  • East Central Experiment Field fall field day, August 19
  • Canola drill and planter calibration clinics, August 25 and 27
  • Agricultural Research Center-Hays Fall Crop Seminar, August 26
  • Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City fall field day, August 27
(13 Aug)
Treating late-season soybean aphids
Robert Koch, Bruce Potter, and Ian MacRae , Univ. of Minnesota
(13 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(13 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(12 Aug)
Reaction to USDA Corn and Soybean Production, Consumption, and Price Projections
Darrel Good and Scott Irwin, Univ. of Illinois
(12 Aug)
Farmer Workshop for Precision Ag Data Collection & Management
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(12 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
(11 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(11 Aug)
Take advantage of window to control weeds following small grains harvest
Dr. Tom Peters, Dave Nicolai and Doug Holen, Univ. of Minnesota
(10 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Estimating Corn Yields
  • Weather Outlook
  • Modified Relay Intercropping Field Day
  • Tri-state Yield Monitor Workshop
  • Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Field Day
(10 Aug)
Sugarcane Aphid Collected in Kentucky
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(10 Aug)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(10 Aug)
A Review of USDA Crop Yield Forecasting Methodology
Darrel Good & Scott Irwin, Univ. of Illinois
(8 Aug)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Ergot Reported in Grain at Grain Elevators
  • Grasshoppers and Other Defoliators in Soybeans
  • Differentiating Between Phytophthora Root/Stem Rot and Stem Canker
  • 27th Annual Draper Winter Wheat Meeting
  • Estate Planning: More than just tax planning
(7 Aug)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Swarms of "Weird "Worms" and "Sweat Bees" Infest Indiana Corn Fields
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trap Report
  • June-July Rainfall in Indiana Not a Record, But It's Close
(7 Aug)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(7 Aug)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Strategies for managing low-quality wheat seed: The case of low test weight
  • When fungicide wheat seed treatments may be advisable
  • Test wheat seed germination if harvest aid herbicides were used
  • Forecasted corn yield potential for Kansas: Model projections on July 29
  • Kansas River Valley Experiment Field fall field day, August 11
  • North Central Kansas Experiment Fields fall field day, August 18
  • East Central Experiment Field fall field day, August 19
(6 Aug)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Goss’s Wilt Confirmed in Wisconsin in 2015
  • Soybean Insects (and mites): Looking ahead
  • 2015 Wisconsin Winter Wheat Performance Trials
(6 Aug)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(5 Aug)
What to consider when treating a soybean field more than once for soybean aphid
Robert Koch, Bruce Potter, Ian MacRae, and Ken Ostlie; Univ. of Minnesota
(4 Aug)
Cost Cutting for 2016: Budgeting for $4 Corn and $9.25 Soybeans
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(4 Aug)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(3 Aug)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Late season diseases showing up in unexpected places in 2015
  • Pricing Corn Silage Update (August 2015)
(31 July)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Western Bean Cutworm Flight Declining
  • VIDEO: WBC Scouting Comparison: Spray vs. Non-spray
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trap Report
(31 July)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(31 July)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Volunteer wheat control: An important step in protecting the wheat crop
  • Old World Bluestem control in Kansas grasslands
  • Estimating corn yield potential
  • El Niño and Kansas
  • Canola schools set for August 5, 6
  • Kansas River Valley Experiment Field fall field day, August 11
  • East Central Experiment Field fall field day, August 19
(31 July)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(30 July)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Mid-Season Soybean Issues in Wisconsin
  • Arlington Weed Garden in “Full Bloom”
(28 July)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(28 July)
Way Too Early Prediction: Weak Corn Stalks this Fall
Chad Lee & Carrie Knott, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(28 July)
What to Expect with August Soybean Plantings
Carrie Knott & Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(28 July)
Choices Given Low Projected Grain Farm Net Income in 2015
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(28 July)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(27 July)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Stink bugs in Soybeans
  • Managing Alfalfa Stands Damaged by Waterlogging
  • 2015 Manure Science Review Farm
  • Pesticide Collections
(27 July)
Corn Prices Fade as Supplies Expected to Remain in Surplus
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(24 July)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(24 July)
New Grain Crops Extension Pathologist, Dr. Carl Bradley, Hits Ground Running
Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(24 July)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • New soybean yield calculator app from K-State
  • Southern rust alert on corn! / Gray leaf spot update
  • Sugarcane aphids: A potential threat to grain sorghum in Kansas
  • Newly revised K-State publication on seed treatments for wheat now available
  • On-farm research, dryland corn plot tour scheduled in Saline County July 27
  • East Central Experiment Field fall field day, August 20
(23 July)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Corn Rootworm Beetles and Potential for Silk Clipping
  • Potato leafhoppers
  • Corn rootworm: How to validate your management decision
  • The Nebulous of Non- Nodulating Soybean in 2015
  • Advances using the roller- crimper for organic no-till in Wisconsin
(23 July)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Wet Weather Corn Diseases: Crazy Top and Physoderma Brown Spot
  • VIDEO: Scouting and Management of Second Generation Corn Borer
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trap Report
(21 July)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(21 July)
Big Season for Green Stink Bugs?
Doug Johnson, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(21 July)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Supplemental Forage Options for Late Summer to Early Autumn Planting
  • Late-Season Weed Issues – Are We Having Fun Yet?
  • Soybean Aphids and Western Bean Cutworm Updates
  • Wet Weather and Late-Season Fungicides
  • Fungicide Applications Depend on Soybean Growth Stages and Presence of Disease
  • Will Persistent Rains Impact Corn Pollination?
  • 2015 Farmer Led Water Quality Monitoring in Western Lake Erie Basin
  • FSR Agronomy College
(20 July)
Parasitic wasps attacking Minnesota soybean aphids: Summary of a collaborative statewide survey
Joe Kaser, George Heimpel, and Robert Koch, Univ. of Minnesota
(17 July)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Japanese Beetles, Info for Corn and Soybean Producers
  • Corn Diseases of 2015 and Should I Spray Fungicide?
(17 July)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(17 July)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Evaluate damaged and weakened alfalfa stands this summer
  • Evaluate damaged and weakened alfalfa stands this summer
  • Liming prior to fall seedings of alfalfa
  • Plant analysis for testing nutrient levels in soybeans
  • Forecasted corn yield potential and attainable yields for 2015
(16 July)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Blue Skies... Not Smiling on Me
  • Unusually Long Silks in Corn
  • Waterlogged Corn: A Tale of Two Ears Weeds
  • Adjuvants Alone Won't Solve Glyphosate Resistance
  • Thomas Bauman
  • Septoria Brown Spot vs. Bacterial Blight in Soybean
  • July Update on Indiana Corn Foliar Diseases
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trap Report
(15 July)
Waterlogged Corn: A Tale of Two Ears
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(14 July)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(14 July)
Crops Damaged in Heavy Storms
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(14 July)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(13 July)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • How much N has been lost this year?
  • More on Fungicides and Tank-Mixing with Insecticides
  • Planting Scabby Wheat
  • Rating Fusarium Damaged Kernels (FDK) in Scabby Wheat
  • Lake Erie HAB Forecast
  • July 30 Field Crops Day
(13 July)
Yellow Soybeans Need Sun
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(13 July)
Blue Skies... Not smiling on me
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(13 July)
Unusually Long Silks in Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(13 July)
Silk Development and Emergence in Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
Last updated 2014, but still relevant
(13 July)
Still a Lot of Uncertainty about the 2015-16 Corn Marketing Year
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(10 July)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Assess for Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) in Winter Wheat
  • Rust Diseases on the Rise in Oats
  • Report from the First West River Field School
  • El Nino in the Corn Belt
  • Disease Concerns in Field Peas
  • 2015 Pesticide Container Recycling Schedule Available
  • Leaf Rust and Scab Developing in Wheat 2015
  • Pest Management Guides available online
(10 July)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Salvageability of Waterlogged Fields of Corn: That's the $64 Question
  • VIDEO: Soybean Assessment After Wet Conditions
  • VIDEO: Soybean Nitrogen Stress After Wet Conditions
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trap Report
(10 July)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(10 July)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Control weeds in wheat stubble before they set seed
  • Preharvest sprouting in wheat
  • Preliminary look at the value of genetic resistance to stripe rust in 2015
  • Canola conference set for July 14, 15; Canola schools set for August 5, 6
(9 July)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(9 July)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Clover Root Curculio
  • Armyworm Heads Up
  • Corn Rootworms
(8 July)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(8 July)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
(8 July)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(7 July)
Salvageability of Waterlogged Fields of Corn: That's the $64 Question
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(7 July)
Projected 2016 Crop Returns: Continuing Need to Adjust to Lower Returns
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(6 July)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Scabby wheat grain? Increasing your Fan Speed May Help
  • Good Time to Dig Roots and Inspect for Rootworm Damage
  • Foliar Diseases Already Showing up in Corn
  • Western Bean Cutworm Flight Has Begun
  • When Is It Too Late to Fertilize Corn with Nitrogen?
  • Cover Crops for Prevented Acres
  • Ohio Fertilizer and Manure Application-New Legislative Criteria
  • Ohio Long-Term Phosphorus and Potassium Fertilizer Trials: Grain Yields
  • OSU Extension to Hold NW Ohio Precision Ag Day and “Fert-Cert” August 4th
(5 July)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
(3 July)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • El Nino Expected to Affect July Climate
  • Ergot Found in S.D. Small Grain Fields
  • Volga Farm Summer Tour
  • Small Grain Pre-harvest Weed Control
  • Slugs in Soybean
(2 July)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Fusarium Head Blight a Significant Issue in Wisconsin in 2015
  • New Fact Sheet on Soybean Seedling Diseases
(2 July)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • How Late Can I Replant Corn?
  • Planting Soybean for Grain or Cover?
  • Windshield Splatter: Insect Pest Update
  • Corn Earworm Trap Report
  • Western Bean Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
(2 July)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(2 July)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Using wheat damaged by Fusarium head blight for seed
  • Germination testing of wheat seed
  • Factors to consider before baling or burning wheat residue
  • Drought stress in corn

Articles previously listed on the Chat 'n Chew Cafe are archived as "Leftovers".