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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
(10 May)
Univ. Kentucky Wheat Field Day
UK Research and Education Center in Princeton, KY. Organized by Kentucky Extension.
(17 May)
Field Scout Intern Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(19 May)
No-till Crop Diagnostic Training
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette. Organized by Purdue's Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(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.
(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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(29 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Rootworms Likely Unaffected by Mild Winter
  • Alfalfa Weevil Quite Active
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Black Cutworm Development Map
  • Managing Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) in Wheat
(28 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Termination of Winter Rye and Annual Ryegrass Using Glyphosate
  • Considerations for Downy Mildew Control in Wisconsin Hop Production
(27 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(27 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(27 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(26 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Lots of Fungicides to Choose From, but Choose Wisely
  • Weather Outlook
  • Soybean Sites Needed for Pollinator Sampling
  • The Big Data Confusion: Part 6 – Transparency and Consistency
  • Last Call- Participate in Soybean Yield-Limiting Research This Week
(25 Apr)
Are Large Corn and Soybean Price Swings Finished or Just Started?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(22 Apr)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Wheat Diseases: What to watch for this spring
  • Overwintering Bean Leaf Beetles: 2016 predicted mortality in South Dakota
  • Pre-emergent Herbicides: Will they still work as normal?
  • Tips for Reducing Conflict During Agriculture’s Busy Time
(22 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Armyworm Moth Flight Increases
  • Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • 2016 Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Wheat Disease Update
(22 Apr)
The New Era of Corn and Soybean Prices Is Still Alive and Kicking
Scott Irwin & Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(22 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(22 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(22 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Q&A on current wheat fungicide use issues
  • Considerations for ground vs. aerial applications of fungicide
  • Wheat stripe rust update
  • How much yield potential did the latest round of precipitation add to the wheat crop?
  • Soybean seeding rates and optimum plant populations
  • Update on row width effects on soybean
  • Planting conditions as of late April
  • Should you spray wheat for aphids?
  • Kansas added to interactive “Cover Crops Decision Tool” web site
  • April 26 webinar to focus on cover crops in a livestock grazing system
  • Two canola field tours scheduled April 28 for south central Kansas
(21 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Using High-Input Systems for Soybean Management Increases Yield but Not Profitability
  • Winter Wheat and Alfalfa Disease Management Videos
  • Corn plant density decisions
  • Corn planting date decisions
(21 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(19 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Corn and Soybean: What’s in Store for 2016?
  • Warm Weather Hit in a Big Way This Last Week
  • Announcement of Spring/Summer Field Day Dates
  • Time to stock up on nozzles now! But do you know which one to buy?
(18 Apr)
Implications of Corn and Soybean Planting Progress
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(18 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(18 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(15 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Soybean planting dates and maturity group: Trends and K-State recommendations
  • Expected number of days available to plant summer crops in Kansas
  • Short K-State video on current wheat disease situation in Kansas
  • Two canola field tours to be held in south central Kansas April 28
  • K-State Cover Crop Field Day, HB Ranch - Hays, May 13
  • Wheat In-Depth Diagnostic School in Colby, May 17-18
(15 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(15 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(15 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Sampling for Plant Parasitic Nematodes: Your Result is as Good as the Sample You Provide
  • Black Cutworm Moth Captures Just Beginning
  • 2016 Black Cutworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • 2016 Armyworm Pheromone Trap Report
  • Purdue Weed Science Updates
(13 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(12 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Weather outlook
  • Soybean Planting Date, Seeding Rate, and Row Width
  • Mining Ohio Historic Data that went into Tri-State Recommendations
  • Soil Amendment and Foliar Application Product Evaluation Trials Summary
  • The Big Data Confusion: Part 5 – Notice
  • Temperatures Went the Wrong Way!
(11 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Apr)
Corn Market Waiting for Summer Weather
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(11 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(10 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(8 Apr)
Missouri Integrated Pest & Crop Management News
Univ. of Missouri
(8 Apr)
Be on the Lookout for Wheat Rust Diseases
Carl Bradley, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(8 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Status of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and herbicide options
  • Drought conditions across most of Kansas starts to affect the wheat crop
  • Stripe rust continues to spread in central Kansas
  • Weed control strategies in grain sorghum
  • Agricultural Mobile Apps: A review and update of non-agricultural apps
  • Restrictions on buckwheat use in cover crop mixtures near commodity wheat
  • Wheat In-Depth Diagnostic School in Colby, May 17-18
  • How dry and windy has it been in Kansas so far this year
(8 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(8 Apr)
Soybean Management Strategies to Facilitate Timely Winter Wheat Establishment
Shawn Conley, Univ of Wisconsin
(6 Apr)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(6 Apr)
Averages and Seasonality of Prices for Nitrogen Fertilizers
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(6 Apr)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(5 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • How Low Can You Go? Cold Weather and Wheat Injury
  • Mild winter, Pathogen Survival, and Early Disease Development
  • Modified Relay Intercropping in Wide Row Wheat
  • Timing of Vertical Tillage and Herbicide Applications
  • What is the Meaning of Feekes Growth Stages in Wheat?
  • The Big Data Confusion: Part 4 – Collection, Access, and Control
(4 Apr)
Nitrogen, Corn Production, and Groundwater Quality in Minnesota's Irrigated Sands
Fabián G. Fernández, John A. Lamb, and Anne M. Struffert, Univ. of Minnesota
(4 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(2 Apr)
Updates to Corn Fertilizer guidelines for 2016
Daniel Kaiser and Fabian Fernandez, University of Minnesota
(1 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(1 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Update on the risk for wheat stripe rust
  • Wheat development update and initial freeze damage assessment
  • Planting conditions as of late March/early April
  • Agricultural Mobile Apps: A review and update of general agriculture apps
  • Updated publication on wheat fungicides released
  • K-State Cover Crop Field Day, HB Ranch, May 13

Indiana Crop Progress Charts

Corn planting
Soy planting

Featured Information

Banding Fertilizer with the Corn Seed
Response of Corn to Starter Fertilizer
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Corn Yield Response to Population in Indiana
Sulfur Deficiency in Corn
Avoiding Soil Compaction
Effects of Soil Compaction
Successful Annual Ryegrass Termination with Herbicides
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 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