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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
(16 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 REQUIRED.
(22 June)
Crop Diagnostic Training Workshop
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center, near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(23 - 24 June)
Indiana Farm Management Tour
Various locations in Newton and Jasper counties, Indiana. Organized by Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.
(29 June)
Michigan State Univ Weed Tour
Lansing, MI. Organized by Michigan Extension.
(7 - 8 July)
Purdue Top Farmer Conference
Beck Ag. Center @ the Purdue Agronomy Farm near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(19 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.
(26 - 27 July)
Minnesota Field School for Ag Professionals
St. Paul campus of Univ. Minnesota. Organized by Minnesota Extension.
(2 - 4 Aug)
The InfoAg Conference
Union Station, St. Louis, MO. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(17 Aug)
Southeast-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Butlerville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(24 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(25 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(25 Aug)
Post-Harvest Diagnostic Training Workshop
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(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.
(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.
(16 - 17 Oct)
Minnesota State & National Corn Husking Contest
Ofstie Farm, Goodhue, MN.
(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.

Current News & Information

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(26 May)
Nitrogen Management Guidelines for Corn in Indiana
Jim Camberato & RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(26 May)
Stay on top of giant ragweed
Lisa Behnken, Fritz Breitenbach, Jeff Gunsolus, and Phyllis Bongard, Univ. of Minnesota
(26 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(25 May)
Hail damage and replant options for corn and soybean
Jeff Coulter and Seth Naeve, Univ. of Minnesota
(25 May)
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(25 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(24 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(24 May)
Late Planting Decisions in 2016
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(23 May)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Cressleaf Groundsel in Wheat and Hay
  • Time to Scout for Black Cutworm in Corn
  • Corn Replant Tips
  • Impact of Frost on Soybean and Corn Survival
  • Adjustments for Late Planted (or Replanted) Soybean
  • PLANT PLANT PLANT!!!
(20 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Improve Soybean Profitability by Reducing Input Costs
  • The Small Grains Disease Forecasting System is Up and Running
  • Early Season Pests of Corn: Black Cutworm
  • 2016 Scouting Recommendations for Alfalfa Stem Weevils
  • Protecting Surface Applied Urea in Corn
  • Any Alfalfa Damage After Lower Temperatures This Weekend?
  • True White Grub & June Beetle Update
(20 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Nematode Updates - Corn Parasitic Nematodes
  • Slug Damage Likely This Spring
  • Black Cutworm Development Map
  • 2016 Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
(20 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(20 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(20 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Harvesting options for winter canola
  • Effect of delayed planting on corn yield: Planting date by maturity interaction
  • Kansas climate basics: Temperatures, precipitation, and extremes 1891-2015
  • Soil pH and liming in Kansas: Part 1 -- Basic concepts
  • Does corn need additional nitrogen?
(20 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(19 May)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Early Season Armyworms
  • Some Risk for Wheat Crop Injury From Saturday’s Cold Temps
  • Frost on Corn: The Key is Patience
  • How long can we continue to plant corn in 2016?
  • Cover Crops and Crop Insurance in Wisconsin
(18 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(17 May)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Slowly Improving Conditions Next 1-2 Weeks For Planting
  • Rust, Freeze Injury, Head Scab: Should I Still Put on a Fungicide?
  • Assessing the Wheat Crop for Freeze Damage
  • Twisted Wheat: Cold temperatures or herbicide damage?
  • Will Planting Delays Require Earlier Maturing Corn Hybrids?
  • Delayed planting effects on corn yield: A “historical” perspective
  • Insect Concerns for Late Planting
  • Make Hay When the Sun Shines…What Sun?
  • Fungicide Use on Alfalfa
  • Management for Red Clover Seed Production
  • PORTABILITY - The Big Data Confusion: Part 8
  • Planter Field Day
(17 May)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(13 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Alfalfa & Dandelions: Is there anything we can do?
  • 2016 SDSU Extension Wheat Walks
  • Early Season Corn Pests: Common stalk borer
  • La Niña and Corn Yield
  • Is 2016 a Good Year to Use Soybean Seed Treatments?
  • Farm Structure Trends
(13 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Black Cutworm Moth Captures Compared
  • 2016 Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Development Map
  • Asiatic Garden Beetle Grub in Northeastern Indiana
  • 2016 Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Soybean Seedling Blight Diseases
  • VIDEO: Soybean Seedling Blights: North Central Soybean Research Program
  • Late Burndowns And Cleanup of Failed Burndowns
(13 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(13 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(13 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Sorghum management considerations
  • Winter canola private-public partnerships at K-State
  • Uncontrolled weeds would lead to billions in lost crop revenue in U.S. and Canada
  • South Central Experiment Field Spring Field Day, May 24
  • Southeast Kansas Spring Crops Field Day May 24 in Parsons
  • Winter canola featured at K-State field days May 24, 25
  • Kansas Wheat Day, Agricultural Research Center-Hays, May 26
  • Spring Field Day, May 26, Garden City
  • Wheat plot tour scheduled at North Central Experiment Field, June 1
  • Dryland Ag Day, June 15, Tribune
(13 May)
Corn Planting Dates and Blacklayer
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(12 May)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • BeanCam: Soybean Replant App Ends the Guesswork
  • Think Twice About Replanting Soybeans
  • Alfalfa Weevil
  • Black Cutworms in Corn
  • To replant corn, or not to replant, that is the question
  • What is happening in the corn plant during the month of May?
  • Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update
(12 May)
Corn Replanting - Disease Risks
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(12 May)
Corn Replanting - Herbicide Restrictions
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(12 May)
Corn Replanting - Removing a Poor Stand
Chad Lee, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(11 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(9 May)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Rainy day entertainment – get up to speed on pigweed ID
  • June Small Grains Field Days
  • Planting and Pollinators
  • Rapid Transition from El Nino to La Nina Continues
(9 May)
Crusting and Emergence Problems
Jochum Wiersma, Univ. of Minnesota
(9 May)
Export Progress for Corn, Ethanol, and Distillers' Grains
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(6 May)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • 2016 Wisconsin Soybean Yield and Quality Contest Rules
  • It’s Time to #Spillthebeans About Wisconsin Agriculture!
  • Economic Risk and Profitability of Soybean Seed Treatments at Reduced Seeding Rates
(6 May)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Test for the Soybean Cyst Nematode Before Planting Soybean This Spring
  • Winter Wheat Diseases: Powdery mildew & tan spot increasing
  • April 2016 Summary and May Outlook
  • Grasshopper Populations: What can we expect in 2016?
  • Alfalfa at the Start of the 2016 Growing Season
(6 May)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Scout for Armyworms Soon
  • Handy Bt Trait Table
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Development Map
  • Fusarium Head Blight Risk High in Southern Indiana
(6 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(6 May)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(6 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Joe: New hard white wheat variety from K-State
  • K-State advanced experimental wheat lines set for possible release in 2016
  • Diagnosing early-season growth problems in corn
  • Winter canola featured at K-State field days May 24, 25
  • Spring Field Day, May 26, Garden City
  • Wheat plot tour scheduled at North Central Experiment Field, June 1
(6 May)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(4 May)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(4 May)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(3 May)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Armyworm and Cover Crops
  • Adjusting No-till Burndown Programs for Later Planting
  • Wheat Diseases: Updated Facts and Pictures_Part 1
  • CHOICE - The Big Data Confusion: Part 7
  • Damp Conditions this Week
  • June 1: On-Farm Wheat Field Day in Pickaway County
(2 May)
Rolling soybeans: The Good, the bad, and the injured
Jodi DeJong-Hughes and Phil Glogoza, Univ. of Minnesota
(2 May)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Possible effects of recent cold temperatures on wheat in northwest Kansas
  • Insect update: Wheat and alfalfa
(1 May)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

Corn planting
Soy planting
Maximum Weekly Corn & Soy Planting Progress in Indiana

Featured Information

Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
Response of Corn to Starter Fertilizer
Corn Yield Response to Population in Indiana
Sulfur Deficiency in Corn
Successful Annual Ryegrass Termination with Herbicides
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 Nitrogen Management for Indiana
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)

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