Purdue Extension Agriculture Agronomy the Chat 'n Chew Cafe
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The Chat 'n Chew Cafe

Timely Agronomic News & Information for the U.S. Corn Belt


The Chat ’n Chew Cafe was developed in honor of all the small town coffeeshops where farmers and business folk have congregated for years to shoot the breeze and share gossip about corn, soybean, wheat, cows, hogs, bankers, basketball, lawyers, and the like.
In its current iteration, the Cafe offers direct access to timely agronomic newsletters from land-grant universities around the Midwest, an up-to-date calendar of major educational events around the Midwest, direct access to Purdue Extension field crop specialists and field crop Web sites. You can also access the archive of my Corny News Network articles.
... R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Agronomy



Upcoming Educational Events

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Programs
Commercial Pesticide Applicator CCH Programs (OISC)

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(11 June)
Early Season Crop Diagnostic Training
CANCELLED (COVID-19). Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center.
(17 June)
Early Season Crop Diagnostic Training
CANCELLED (COVID-19). Pinney Purdue Ag. Center, near Wanatah IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(15 July)
Mid Season Crop Diagnostic Training
CANCELLED (COVID-19). Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center.
(28 - 30 July)
The InfoAg Conference
POSTPONED (COVID-19). Union Station, St. Louis, MO.
(30 July)
Row Crops Field Day
CANCELLED (COVID-19). Feldun-Purdue Ag. Center, near Bedford, IN. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center.
(4 Aug)
Indiana CCA Crop Diagnostic Training
CANCELLED (COVID-19). Davis-Purdue Ag Center, near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center.
(5 Aug)
Indiana CCA Crop Diagnostic Training
CANCELLED (COVID-19). Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center.
(19 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(20 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(25 Aug)
Southeast-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Butlerville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(27 Aug)
Davis-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(1 - 3 Sep)
Farm Progress Show
near Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(3 Sep)
Crops Field Day at Purdue's Agronomy Farm
near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(9 Sep)
Late Season Crop Diagnostic Training
Pinney Purdue Ag. Center, near Wanatah IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(15 - 17 Sep)
Husker Harvest Days
Near Grand Island, NE. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(18 Sep)
MSU Agriculture Innovation Day
Forest Biomass Innovation Center, Escanaba, Michigan. Organized by Michigan State Univ. Extension.
(19 Sep)
Southern Indiana Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Patoka Reservoir in Dubois County, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(22 - 24 Sep)
Ohio Farm Science Review
Near London, OH. Organized by Ohio State Univ. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
(9 Dec)
Grain Post-Harvest & Recertification Workshop
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(15 - 16 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program. Pre-registration encouraged.
(15 - 17 Dec)
Indiana Farm Equipment & Technology Expo
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Hoosier Ag Today and Farm World.
(10 - 13 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.

Serving all of your "corny" needs since 1995, the Chat 'n Chew Cafe offers a comprehensive "menu" of timely agronomic information from Purdue and other land-grant universities around the U.S. The Cafe is owned and operated by R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, State Extension Corn Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Information specific to the COVID-19 outbreak

Up-to-the-Minute Agronomic News

Timely, independent agronomic information "straight from the horse's mouth"... These links will direct you to land-grant university Extension newsletters from throughout the Corn Belt.

Ear of corn Univ. Illinois (farmdocDAILY)

Ear of corn Univ. Illinois (IPM)

Ear of corn Iowa State Univ.

Ear of corn Kansas State Univ.

Ear of corn Univ. of Kentucky

Ear of corn Michigan State Univ.

Ear of corn Univ. of Minnesota

Ear of corn Univ. of Nebraska

Ear of corn North Dakota State Univ.

Ear of corn Ohio State Univ.

Ear of corn Purdue Univ. (IN)

Ear of corn South Dakota State Univ.

Ear of corn Univ. of Wisconsin

Corny News CompendiumClick me!
A repository of information focusing on corn growth & development, corn response to stress, crop diagnostics, and general corn management topics, authored primarily by your friendly neighborhood Purdue Extension Corn Specialist.
Purdue Crop ChatClick me!
Purdue Crop Chat is a regular podcast from Hoosier Ag Today and the Purdue University Extension Service, featuring Purdue Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Bob Nielsen and Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Shaun Casteel.
Field Crop ExpertsClick me!
Purdue Extension field crop specialists who can answer your agronomic questions.
Field Crop InfoClick me!
Other Purdue Extension Web sites with useful information about field crop production and economic issues.
USDA Crop InfoClick me!
USDA Crop Production reports and data.

Handy Resources

To Bt or not to Bt: Is That Your Question? (WI)
Useful information for folks considering a switch back to non-Bt corn hybrids.
Applied Research in Field Crop Pathology Indiana - 2019
Converting between Mehlich-3, Bray P, and Ammonium Acetate Soil Test Values
Corn & Soybean Diagnostics - Mobile apps (Purdue)
IOS or Android smartphones
iPad
Corn GDD Estimation Tool
Estimate GDD from planting to various corn growth stages for different regions of the Midwest.
Corn Nitrogen Management for Indiana
Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator
Calculate economic optimum N rates for several Corn Belt states.
Corn Plant Population Guidelines for Indiana
Corn Yield Response to Sulfur in Indiana
Crop Cost & Return Guide (Purdue)
Crop Protection Network - Resources
A collaborative land-grant university effort.
Differentiating 2,4-D and Dicamba Injury on Soybeans (Purdue)
Farm Analysis Solutions Tools (IL)
Forecast and Assessment of Cropping Systems
A project developed by Iowa St. Univ. to forecast and evaluate soil-crop dynamics in real-time.
Herbicide Classification Chart
Herbicide Resistant Weeds Chart
Hybrid Bt Trait Reference Guide
iNaturalist
A crowd-sourced species identification system for plants and pests.
Integrated Pest Information Platform
Info on the development of soybean rust, southern rust, etc. in the U.S.
Int'l Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds
Midwest Cover Crop Council
Seed Treatment Reference Guide (WI)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Field Guide (IA)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Info (IA)
Take Action Against Resistant Pests
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois - 2020
Purchase PDF version or printed hard copy
Weed Identification Field Guide (IA)
Yield Data Processing & Cleaning (NE)
Yield Monitor Operation & Calibration (NE)