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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
(8 Dec)
Kentucky Early Bird Meeting
Hopkinsville, KY. Organized by Kentucky Extension and Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.
(13 - 14 Dec)
Conservation Tillage Conference
Fargo, ND. Organized by North Dakota and Minnesota Extension staff.
(13 - 14 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program.
(15 - 16 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.
(3 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Janesville, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(4 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Madison, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(4 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Fond du Lac, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(4 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Gering, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(4 - 5 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
(5 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Kimberly, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(5 Jan)
Fremont Corn Expo
Fremont, NE. Organized by Nebraska Extension.
(5 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Wausau, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(5 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
North Platte, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(6 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Eau Claire, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(6 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Sparta, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(6 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
York, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(9 Jan)
West Ohio Agronomy Day
Fort Loramie, OH. Organized by Ohio State Extension.
(9 Jan)
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
Belmont, WI. Organized by Univ of Wisconsin Agronomy Extension. Pre-registration encouraged.
(10 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Beatrice, 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.
(10 - 13 Jan)
National No-Tillage Conference
St. Louis, MO.
(11 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Hastings, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(10 - 12 Jan)
Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
Madison, WI. A collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association and the University of Wisconsin.
(12 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Mead, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(17 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Atkinson, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(18 Jan)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Mt. Vernon, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(18 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Production Clinic
Norfolk, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(19 - 20 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference
Kearney, NE. Educational program for ag. professionals and producers. Organized by Nebraska Extension. Pre-registration required.
(23 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Winona Lake, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(24 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Alexandria, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(25 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Odon, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(25 Jan)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Springfield, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(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.
(27 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.
(1 Feb)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Champaign, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(1 - 4 Feb)
Pennsylvania Farming for the Future Conference
Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Organized by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
(15 Feb)
Illinois Crop Management Conference
Malta, IL. Organized by Illinois Extension.
(15 - 18 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(2 - 4 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(7 - 8 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(17 Aug)
Southeast-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Butlerville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(23 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(24 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(31 Aug)
Davis-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(30 Aug - 1 Sep)
Farm Progress Show
Decatur, IL. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(7 Sep)
Purdue Agronomy Field Day
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(19 - 21 Sep)
Ohio Farm Science Review
Near London, OH. Organized by Ohio State Univ. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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.

(6 Dec)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Are you seeing purple wheat?
  • 2016 Ohio Corn Performance Test: Regional Overviews
  • Ohio Soybean Performance Trials - Sortable Tables Online Now
  • Farmers asked to respond to survey on Natural Gas Grain Drying
  • Central Ohio Precision Ag Symposium
  • All-Ohio Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Conference
  • Learn to Control Problem Weeds
(6 Dec)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(6 Dec)
2017 Crop Budgets and Current Prices Say Switch to Soybeans and Expect Low Returns
Gary Schnitkey and Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(5 Dec)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(2 Dec)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(2 Dec)
Aphid-resistant soybean varieties available for Minnesota
Siddhi Bhusal, Anthony Hanson, Aaron Lorenz and Robert Koch , Univ. of Minnesota
(2 Dec)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Deep tillage considerations
  • Examine soils and look for signs of compaction
  • Measuring the bulk density of soil
  • Considerations when applying anhydrous ammonia for corn in the fall
  • Evaluating wheat crop conditions going into winter
  • Kansas Forage and Grasslands Council annual meeting, December 13, Wichita
  • K-State Corn Management Schools scheduled for January 2017
  • K-State Soybean Schools scheduled for late January
(28 Nov)
EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Rallies Soybean Oil Prices
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(22 Nov)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Pest&Crop Survey 2016
  • Post Harvest Update and Recertification Workshop
  • Certified Crop Adviser Exam Prep Course
  • 2017 Crop Management Workshops
  • New Resources on Field Crop Diseases Available Through the Crop Protection Network
  • The XtendiMax Label for Xtend Soybeans
(22 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • The XtendiMax Label for Xtend Soybeans
  • 2016 Ohio Corn Performance Test Results Now Available On-Line
  • When is it Time for a No-till Field to be Tilled?
  • 2016 Grain is in the Bin - What Should I Watch for?
  • Kernel Red Streak
  • West Ohio Agronomy Day
(21 Nov)
Will U.S. Corn and Soybean Surpluses Be Reduced Next Year?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(19 Nov)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Cold hardening in winter wheat
  • Late-season update on the sugarcane aphid in Kansas
  • Kansas Forage and Grasslands Council annual meeting, December 13, Wichita
  • K-State Corn Management Schools scheduled for January 2017
(17 Nov)
US Corn Ethanol Market: Understanding the Past to Assess the Future
Carl Zulauf, Univ. of Illinois
(16 Nov)
Assessing South American Soybean Yield Risks: Estimating the Yield Trend
Darrel Good, Todd Hubbs, and Scott Irwin, Univ. of Illinois
(15 Nov)
Review of Soybean and Corn Disease Problems in Minnesota in 2016
Dean Malvick, Univ. of Minnesota
(15 Nov)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(15 Nov)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(15 Nov)
New Traits Don’t Automatically Translate to Highest Yield!
Shawn Conley, Univ. of Wisconsin
(14 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(14 Nov)
Soil Nitrogen and N Management Following the 2016 Crop
Emerson Nafziger, Univ. of Illinois
(14 Nov)
Weekly Outlook: Corn Use Prospects
Todd Hubbs, Univ. of Illinois
(11 Nov)
Early Thoughts: 2016 Election Results and the Next Farm Bill
Jonathan Coppess, Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, and Nick Paulson, Univ. of Illinois
(11 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(11 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Nov)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Control of mustards in wheat
  • Mustard species in Kansas
  • New K-State patent for genetically shutting off soybean cyst nematodes
  • Cover Crop Road Show planned Nov. 17 in southwest Kansas
  • K-State Crop Production Schools scheduled for 2017
(8 Nov)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(8 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Developing a Strategy for Precision Soil Sampling
  • 2016 Ohio Soybean Performance Trial - Yield Data Available
  • The Certified Crop Adviser
  • Grain Marketing: Turning On-Farm Storage into Profit
(4 Nov)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(4 Nov)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Factors that help determine winter survival in canola
  • Current status of new herbicide-resistant crops
  • Grass control management in 2-gene Clearfield wheat
  • Cover Crop Road Show planned Nov. 17 in southwest Kansas
  • K-State Crop Production Schools scheduled for 2017
(4 Nov)
Comparing Net Returns for Alternative Leasing Arrangements
Michael Langemeier, Purdue Univ.
(3 Nov)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • 2016 Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings
  • Discovery Farms Conference
  • Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board Continues Free Nematode Testing Program for 2016
  • Delineating Optimal Soybean Maturity Groups Across the United States
  • Early 2016 Corn Grain Yields Look Promising for Wisconsin
  • Calculating The Soybean Yield Gap for WI Soybean Farmers
  • Multiple Resistance to ALS- and HPPD-inhibiting Herbicides in Palmer Amaranth from Iowa County, Wisconsin
  • Common Waterhemp (Amaranthus rudis): Confirmed Herbicide Resistance and Spread Across Wisconsin
(3 Nov)
Warm fall soil temperatures and nitrogen application
Anne Struffert and Greg Klinger, Univ. of Minnesota
(2 Nov)
Assessing South American Corn and Soybean Yield Risks: Exploring the Data Sources
Darrel Good, Todd Hubbs, & Scott Irwin; Univ. of Illinois
(1 Nov)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Corn Testing Positive for Vomitoxin: How Reliable was The Sampling?
  • Forage Management Considerations After Frost

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

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.
Penn. State Univ. (Corn)
Penn. State Univ. (Soy)
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 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
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)
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