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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. In the meantime, refreshing the browser will remove the dropdowns.


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Upcoming Educational Events

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Programs
Commercial Pesticide Applicator CCH Programs
(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.
(14 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 REQ'D.
(12 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.
(9 Aug)
Forage Management Day
Feldun-Purdue Ag Center near Bedford, IN. Organized by Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training & Research Center. Pre-registration required.
(22 Aug)
Pinney-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Wanatah, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(23 Aug)
Northeast-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Columbia City, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(28 Aug)
Southeast-Purdue Ag Center Field Day
Near Butlerville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(30 Aug)
Davis-Purdue Ag. Center Field Day
Near Farmland, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(28 - 30 Aug)
Farm Progress Show
near Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(6 Sep)
Crops Field Day at ACRE
Agronomy Center for Research & Education, near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(11 - 13 Sep)
Husker Harvest Days
Near Grand Island, NE. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(18 - 20 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.

(13 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(13 Apr)
Small Grains: An easier way to establish (and grow) cover crops
Jochum Wiersma, Scotty Wells, and Jared Goplen, Univ. of Minnesota
(13 Apr)
Projected Corn and Soybean Breakeven Prices
Michael Langemeier, Purdue Univ, Farmdoc.daily
(13 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Effect of cold temperatures to newly planted corn
  • What are the causes of yellow wheat?
  • Latest information on alfalfa pest activity in Kansas
  • Weed control strategies in grain sorghum
  • Soybean fertilizer requirements in Kansas
  • Update on wheat stripe rust in southeast Kansas and risk of severe disease
  • On-farm Research Collaborative Project: Non-biased, research-based, and grower-driven
  • Kansas drought update
  • Kansas wheat management survey - Producer input needed
(12 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(11 Apr)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(10 Apr)
2018 Acreage Decisions: Steady as She Goes in Rough Waters
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(9 Apr)
Handling Variability in Manure Nitrogen with Manure Analysis
Gregory Klinger & Melissa Wilson, Univ. of Minnesota
(9 Apr)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(6 Apr)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(6 Apr)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • First hollow stem update
  • Preemergence herbicide programs for corn
  • Soil temperature update
  • Review of drought-tolerant corn hybrids: Yield benefits
  • Update on prescribed burning in Kansas and what online resources are available
  • Kansas weather summary for March 2018 - Another dry month
  • Kansas drought update
  • 2018 In-Depth Wheat Diagnostic School, May 9-10 in Garden City
  • KDA now accepting approved on-line dicamba applicator training
  • 2017 Census of Agriculture - It's not too late to be counted!
(5 Apr)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Soybean Management Strategies to Facilitate Timely Winter Wheat Establishment in 2018
  • 2018 Wisconsin Soybean Yield Contest
  • The WSMB Free Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing Program
  • Cover Crops Do’s & Don’t’s
(3 Apr)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
(3 Apr)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Wheat Growth Stages and Associated Management- Feekes 6.0 through 9.0
  • Pattern Favors Only Slow Improvement - Challenging Weather to linger throughout April!
  • Avoiding Compaction
  • OARDC Brach Station Two Inch Soil Temperatures
(3 Apr)
Nitrogen Prices, Rates Cuts, and 2018 Fertilizer Costs
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(2 Apr)
The Planting Date Conundrum for Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(30 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(30 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(30 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • First hollow stem update
  • Starter fertilizer rates and placement for corn
  • K-State scientists discover breakthrough in understanding glyphosate resistance in pigweeds
  • Ten commonly asked questions when pondering dry ponds
  • Kansas drought update
  • 2018 In-Depth Wheat Diagnostic School, May 9-10 in Garden City
  • KDA now accepting approved on-line dicamba applicator training
(27 Mar)
Economics of Baling Wheat Straw
Jordan Shockley, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(27 Mar)
Cash Rents on Professionally Managed Farmland in 2018 and 2019
Gary Schnitkey and Bruce Sherrick, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(26 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(23 Mar)
Best guesses on March flood effects on soil biology and soil structure
Eileen Kladivko, Ron Turco, Tony Vyn, and Jim Camberato, Purdue Univ
(23 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(23 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(23 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • First hollow stem update: March 21, 2018
  • Split fungicide treatments on wheat: Should producers consider an early application?
  • Alfalfa weevil update - Still too early to apply treatment
  • Can dry soils affect anhydrous ammonia applications in Kansas?
  • Optimal corn seeding rate recommendations
(22 Mar)
How to Get the Most Out of Spring Soil Sampling
Dan Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(22 Mar)
Dicamba: What is Success or Failure in 2018?
Aaron Hager, Univ of Illinois
(21 Mar)
Cover Crops Do’s & Don’t’s
Shawn Conley, Univ Wisconsin
(20 Mar)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Winter Wheat Stand Evaluation
  • Nitrogen Rate Recommendations for Wheat - 2018
  • Proven Production Practices for Increasing Corn Yields and Profits
  • Spring Seeding of Forages
  • Big Claims, Big Questions, Big Potential in Small Packages: Learn More About Microbe-containing Crop Biostimulants
(20 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(20 Mar)
Winter Wheat and This Week's Snow
Carrie Knott, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(20 Mar)
Exceptional Corn and Soybean Yields in 2017
Gary Schnitkey, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(17 Mar)
Management of Insecticide-resistant Soybean Aphids (E1878)
Robert Koch, University of Minnesota Erin Hodgson, Iowa State University; Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University; Adam Varenhorst, South Dakota State University
(16 Mar)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Nematology Lab Closing
  • Yield Response of Corn to Plant Population in Indiana
  • A Recipe for Crappy Stands of Corn
  • Survey Help Needed: Voles in Cover Crop Agriculture
  • 2018 Popcorn Agri-Chemical Handbook
(16 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(16 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • First hollow stem update: March 14, 2018
  • Chloride as a topdressing nutrient for wheat
  • Update on soil temperatures in Kansas
  • Kansas wheat crop update - March 16
  • Update on drought conditions for Kansas - March 15
(15 Mar)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Analysis of Farmer Field Data for Soybean
  • What agriculture video channel has almost 1 million views?
(15 Mar)
What Happened to the Profitability of Ethanol Production in 2017?
Scott Irwin, Univ of Illinois Farmdoc.daily
(14 Mar)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(13 Mar)
Yield Response of Corn to Plant Population in Indiana
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Jason Lee, John Hettinga, and Jim Camberato; Purdue Univ.
(13 Mar)
A Recipe for Crappy Stands of Corn
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(9 Mar)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(9 Mar)
Should you use an in-furrow starter this year?
Jeff Vetsch and Dan Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(9 Mar)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • First hollow stem update: March 6, 2018
  • Pay attention to growth stage for spring herbicide decisions on wheat
  • Recommendations for topdressing wheat with sulfur
  • Stripe rust outlook for 2018
  • Dust in the wind: Blowing soil and strong winds in Kansas
(7 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(6 Mar)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Spring Planting and Summer Growing Outlook
  • Soybean Planting…How Early Is Too Early?
  • Deciphering preplant dicamba labels and tank mixtures
  • Get Your Fertilizer Certification...Before Planting Begins
  • Soil Health Workshop - Archbold
  • Malt Barley Workshop - March 15th
(5 Mar)
Nitrogen Management for the 2018 Wheat Crop
Edwin Ritchey, John Grove, and Lloyd Murdock, KyGrains.info, Univ of Kentucky
(1 Mar)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(1 Mar)
Nitrogen Timing: Apply When the Crop Needs it Most
Benjamin Davies and Paulo Pagliari, Univ. of Minnesota

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.
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

Sulfur Deficiency
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
Response of Corn to Starter Fertilizer
Plant Populations for Corn in Indiana
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 Scout smartphone apps
Corn & Soybean Field Guide iPad app
Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator (multistate)
Corn Ear Rots & Mycotoxins (multistate)
Crop Cost & Return Guide (Purdue crop budgets)
Crop Protection Network (multistate)
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
Nitrogen Management for Corn in Indiana
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 (2017)
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