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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
(1 Oct)
Indiana State Corn Husking Contest
Craig Geyer Farm, 20565 Tyler Rd, Bremen, IN.
(16 - 17 Oct)
Minnesota State & National Corn Husking Contest
Ofstie Farm, Goodhue, MN.
(2 - Nov)
North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference
Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference will include invited presentations from university and industry leaders, research reports from university soil fertility researchers, and posters outlining research by graduate students at universities across the North Central region.
(15 - 17 Nov)
Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
Princess Royale Hotel, Ocean City, MD. Organized by the University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Systems in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic CCA Board, and the USDA-NRCS.
(29 - 30 Nov)
The Ag Data Conference
Iowa City, IA. Presented by Penton Agriculture.
(29 - 30 Nov)
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.
(30 Nov - 1 Dec Dec)
Integrated Crop Management Conference
Ames, IA. Organized by Iowa State Extension.
(6 Dec)
Kentucky Early Bird Meeting
Sedalia, KY. Organized by Kentucky Extension and Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.
(7 Dec)
Kentucky Early Bird Meeting
Henderson, KY. Organized by Kentucky Extension and Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.
(8 Dec)
Kentucky Early Bird Meeting
Hopkinsville, KY. Organized by Kentucky Extension and Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board.
(13 - 14 Dec)
Indiana CCA Conference
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Organized by Purdue Extension & the Indiana CCA Program.
(20 Dec)
Michigan Integrated Crop & Pest Management Update
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. Organized by Michigan State Univ.
(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
(10 - 13 Jan)
National No-Tillage Conference
St. Louis, MO.
(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 - 18 Feb)
National Farm Machinery Show
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
(7 - 8 Mar)
Conservation Tillage & Technology Conference
Ohio Northern Univ, Ada, OH. Organized by Ohio 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.

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.

(27 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Fall Weed Control Odds and Ends
  • Weather Outlook
  • Ohio State PLOTS is here! Download it today!
(26 Sep)
Should soil health test results be used when determining fertilizer needs in Minnesota?
Lizabeth Stahl, Fabián G. Fernández and Daniel E. Kaiser, Univ. of Minnesota
(26 Sep)
Final corn yield forecasts and harvest considerations following excessive rainfall
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(26 Sep)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(26 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(26 Sep)
Too Early to Sell the 2017 Soybean Crop?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(26 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
(23 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests - Research and Recommendation Update
  • Tar Spot on Corn Confirmed in Indiana in 2016
  • New Resources for Ear Rot Identification and Management
  • Residual Herbicides and Fall Cover Crop Establishment
  • Securing the Harvest
  • Indiana High School Teams Vie for Crop Scouting Honors
  • 2016 Pest & Crop Survey
(23 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Is That a Cutworm Caterpillar?
  • Scout for Stalk Rots & Top Dieback in Corn
  • Picnic Beetles on Sunflower Heads
  • Managing Wheat Curl Mite
  • Improving Protein Content in Wheat
(23 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(23 Sep)
Palmer Amaranth in MN: Reporting, preventing further infestation and monitoring
Jeff Gunsolus, Univ. of Minnesota
(23 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Utilizing cover crops for weed control: Be sure to consider all aspects
  • The ongoing battle with pigweeds in soybeans
  • Fall control of bindweed
  • Bur ragweed control with early fall treatments
  • Summer field crop status in Kansas
  • Forecasting corn yields: End-of-season outcomes
  • Sept. 27 webinar to focus on improving wheat grazing using Canopeo mobile app
(21 Sep)
Working Capital Buffers Gone at End of 2016
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(21 Sep)
Check pollinator plantings for Palmer amaranths
Jeff Gonsolus, Bruce Potter, and Roger Becker,, Univ. of Minnesota
(21 Sep)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(20 Sep)
Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests – Research and Recommendation Update
Jim Camberato & Bob Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
Orig. published 2014, but still good stuff
(20 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Diplodia Ear Rot
  • Moldy Corn, Kernel Sprouting and Upright Ears
  • Farm Science Review 2016: Last Minute Reminders
  • Considering Growing Wheat in Wide Rows?
(19 Sep)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(19 Sep)
Weekly Outlook: Anticipating Changes in Corn and Soybean Production Forecasts
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(17 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(16 Sep)
Rye is Not Just a Cover Crop
Jochum Wiersma, Scotty Wells, and Axel Garcia y Garcia, Univ. of Minnesota
(16 Sep)
Fall urea in Minnesota: Should I consider it?
Fabián G. Fernández, Daniel E. Kaiser, Jeffrey A. Vetsch, Univ. of Minnesota
(16 Sep)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(15 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
(14 Sep)
Penn State Field Crop News
Penn. State Univ.
(14 Sep)
Remember these tips when baling corn residue
Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Univ. of Minnesota
(14 Sep)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(14 Sep)
An Agrarian Take on US Economic Malaise
Carl Zulauf, Univ. of Illinois
(13 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Prepping Your Yield Monitor for the 2016 Harvest Season
  • Fall Manure Application Tips
  • Is the No-Cutting Fall Rest Period for Alfalfa Really Necessary?
  • Soybean End of Season To-Do List
  • Western Bean Cutworm Damage and Heavy Feeding on Cry1F
  • HARVEST SEASON CLIMATE OUTLOOK
  • Liabilities & Security Safeguards
(13 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(13 Sep)
the Bulletin:
Pest mgmt & crop developmt information for Illinois
Univ. of Illinois
(12 Sep)
Updated corn yield forecasts and grain dry-down guidelines
Jeff Coulter, Univ. of Minnesota
(12 Sep)
Decision Tools for Hauling Grain to Market
Jordan Shockley, Grain Crops Update, Univ of Kentucky
(12 Sep)
Large U.S. Corn and Soybean Production Prospects Confirmed
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(9 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
(9 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Scout for Corn Ear Rots
(9 Sep)
Michigan Extension Field Crops News
Michigan State Univ.
(9 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Follow K-State Agronomy through social media and electronic newsletters
  • Early planting of wheat can lead to several problems
  • Late-season purpling in sorghum
  • Flooding rains overnight on September 8-9
(9 Sep)
Iowa Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Iowa State Univ.
(9 Sep)
International Benchmarks for Soybean Production
Michael Langemeier, Purdue Univ.
(8 Sep)
Identify and Eliminate "Gremlins" From Yield Monitor Data
RL (Bob) Nielsen, Purdue Univ.
(7 Sep)
Ohio C.O.R.N. Newsletter
The Ohio State Univ.
  • Some Tips for Evaluating Corn Hybrid Demonstration Plots
  • Western Bean Cutworm Infestation and Disease Issues
  • Important Wheat Management Decisions
  • Bacterial Leaf Streak: Another New Corn Disease out West, but not yet in Ohio
(7 Sep)
Break-Even Levels for Corn and Soybeans to Have the Same Profitability
Gary Schnitkey, Univ. of Illinois
(6 Sep)
Soybean Use Exceeded USDA Projection, Did Corn Use Fall Short?
Darrel Good, Univ. of Illinois
(3 Sep)
Nebraska Crop Watch Newsletter
Univ. of Nebraska.
(3 Sep)
Kansas Agronomy E-update
Kansas State Univ.
  • Some basic points on using anhydrous ammonia for wheat production
  • Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans – 2016 update
  • New disease of corn in Kansas and the U. S.
  • Late-season purpling in corn
  • Method for estimating sorghum yields and the new “Sorghum Yield Predictor” app
  • Fungicide seed treatments for wheat
  • New website offers soil health webinar resources
  • Dale Fjell, former Crop Production Specialist, retires
(2 Sep)
Purdue Pest & Crop Newsletter
Purdue Univ.
  • Western Bean Cutworm Trait “Control” in Question, Check Your Fields!
  • 2016 Corn Earworm Trap Report
(2 Sep)
South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter
South Dakota State Univ.
  • Late-Season Soybean Diseases: Know what’s killing your soybeans
  • Pollinators Present in South Dakota Sunflower
  • Mystery Beetle on Sunflower: What is it?
  • Sunflower Seed Maggot Adults in South Dakota Sunflower
  • Sap Beetle Larvae Feeding on Developing Corn Ears
  • Scouting for Grasshoppers in South Dakota Rangeland
  • Now is the Time to Look for Palmer Amaranth
(2 Sep)
International Benchmarks for Corn Production
Michael Langemeier, Purdue Univ
(1 Sep)
Wisconsin Crop Manager Newsletter
Univ. of Wisconsin
  • What is happening in the corn plant during the month of September?
  • Timing Corn Silage Harvest
(1 Sep)
Explaining ARC-CO Payments with Illustrations for the 2016 and 2017 Crops
Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, and Nick Paulson, Univ. of Illinois

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

Featured Information

Corn Stalk Nitrate Tests – Research and Recommendation Update
Tips for Yield Monitor Calibration & Operation (Nebr)
Tips for Post-Processing Yield Monitor Data (Nebr)
Estimating Corn Grain Yield Prior to Harvest
Grain Fill Stages in Corn
A Fast & Accurate "Pregnancy" Test for Corn
Tassel Emergence & Pollen Shed
Silk Development and Emergence in Corn
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)
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