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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(3 - 4 Dec)
Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar
French lick, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension, Kentucky Extension, AgriBusiness Council of Indiana, AgriBusiness Assoc Kentucky, and the Kentucky CCA Program. Pre-registration encouraged.
(4 - 5 Dec)
Integrated Crop Management Conference
Ames, IA. Organized by Iowa State Extension.
(6 Dec)
Bi-State Crop Management Conference
Beef House Restaurant near Covington, IN. Collaboratively organized by Purdue Extension and Univ Illinois Extension. Register by noon on 27 Nov.
(10 - 12 Dec)
Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. Organized by Minnesota Extension.
(11 - 12 Dec)
Manitoba Agronomists Conference
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.
(17 - 18 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program. Pre-registration encouraged.
(17 - 18 Dec)
Conservation Tillage Conference
St. Cloud, MN. Organized by Univ Minnesota Extension.
(17 - 18 Dec)
Missouri Crop Management Conference
Columbia, MO. Organized by Missouri Extension. Pre-registration required.
(17 - 19 Dec)
Indiana Farm Equipment & Technology Expo
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Hoosier Ag Today and Farm World.
(18 Dec)
Michigan Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. Organized by MSU Extension.
(7 - 8 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
(7 - 10 Jan)
National No-Tillage Conference
St. Louis, MO. Organized by No-Till Farmer Magazine.
(8 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Portland, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(8 - 9 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. Pre-registration required by Jan 3, 2019.
(8 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Caro, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(9 Jan)
Fremont Corn Expo
Fremont, NE. Organized by Univ. Nebraska Extension.
(10 Jan)
Purdue Top Farmer Conference
Beck Agricultural Center, near West Lafayette, IN. For more information, contact Sarah Zahn at smithse@purdue.edu.
(14 - 16 Jan)
Wisconsin Agribusiness classic
Madison, WI. A collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association and the University of Wisconsin.
(17 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Owosso, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(18 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Dowagiac, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(21 - 22 Jan)
Nebraska Crop Management Conference
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE. Organized by Univ Nebraska Extension.
(21 - 22 Jan)
Northwest Missouri CCA Conference
Saint Joseph, MO. Organized by Missouri Extension and Missouri CCA Program. Pre-registration required.
(22 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Coldwater, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(23 Jan)
Michigan Soybean Management & Research Technology Meeting
Hamilton, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ Extension. Pre-register online.
(27 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Ft. Wayne, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(28 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Noblesville, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(29 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Huntingburg, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(30 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Beck Ag Center, near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(31 Jan)
Purdue IPM Crop Management Workshops
Beck Ag Center, near W. Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue IPM and Purdue Extension. Attendance limited. Pre-registration required.
(12 - 15 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(19 - 20 Feb)
Indiana Organic Grain Farmer Meeting
Beck Ag. Center near West Lafayette, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Save the date.
(19 - 20 Feb)
Midwest Women In Ag Conference
Muncie, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension. Save the date.
(20 Feb)
Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
Stevens Point, WI. Organized by Wisconsin Extension.
(27 - 29 Feb)
Commodity Classic
San Antonio, TX. Presented by national corn, soy, wheat, and sorghum associations plus the Association of Equipment Mfgrs.
(3 - 4 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio Extension.
(5 - 7 Mar)
Indiana Small Farm Conference
Hendricks Co. 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, Danville, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension.
(28 - 30 July)
The InfoAg Conference
Union Station, St. Louis, MO. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
(26 - 27 Aug)
North American Manure Expo
Listowel, Ontario, CANADA.
(1 - 3 Sep)
Farm Progress Show
near Boone, IA. Organized by Farm Progress Company.
(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.
(22 - 24 Sep)
Ohio Farm Science Review
Near London, OH. Organized by Ohio State Univ. College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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.

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.
Field Crop ExpertsClick me!
Browse a directory of Purdue Extension field crop specialists who can answer your agronomic questions.
Field Crop InfoClick me!
Browse through a list of other Purdue Extension Web sites that offer useful information about field crop production and economic issues.
USDA Crop InfoClick me!
Browse through a list of 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.
Corn & Soybean Diagnostics - Mobile apps (Purdue)
IOS or Android smartphones
iPad
Corn Drydown Calculator (IA.)
NOTE: Targets northern Corn Belt
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
Crop Cost & Return Guide (Purdue)
Crop Protection Network
A collaborative land-grant university effort.
Delayed and Prevented Planting Provisions for Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (IA)
Differentiating 2,4-D and Dicamba Injury on Soybeans (Purdue)
Farm Analysis Solutions Tools (IL)
Herbicide Classification Chart
Herbicide Resistant Weeds Chart
How to Understand and Interpret Soil Health Tests (Purdue)
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 Treatments: What's on Your Seed? (WI)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Field Guide (IA)
Soybean Cyst Nematode Info (IA)
Take Action Against Resistant Pests
Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois - 2019
Weed Identification Field Guide (IA)
Yield Data Processing & Cleaning (NE)
Yield Monitor Operation & Calibration (NE)