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Register now for Nov. 3 Crop Insurance Workshop in Enid


By Donald Stotts


ENID, Oklahoma – Think of the 2017 Crop Insurance Workshop scheduled for Nov. 3 in Enid as essentially one-stop shopping for agricultural producers, lenders and educators; crop insurance agents and marketing consultants.


Trent Milacek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area agricultural economist, said the goal is the make it as easy as possible for participants to get the insights they need, from experts in Oklahoma and beyond.


“Our primary areas of focus this year are farm policy, price outlooks, tax law impacts and crop insurance products,” he said. “However, a key benefit of the workshop is the opportunity to interact with official speakers and fellow participants. Those conversations can be as valuable as the official sessions.”


A four-state collaboration by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Colorado State University, Kansas State University and OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the workshop will take place at Enid’s Autry Technology Center, located at 1201 W. Willow Rd.


Cost is $100 per participant if registering by Oct. 28 and $120 thereafter. Those interested in attending the workshop are encouraged to visit and click on Workshop Registration to register. Registration also can be completed by mail using a workshop brochure available at Cooperative Extension county offices, typically listed under “County Government” in local directories.


The workshop will kick off at 8 a.m. with on-site registration, donuts and coffee. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m.


Stephen Fredrichs, legislative consultant for national crop insurance provider Rain & Hail, will lead the opening session about farm policy.


Kirby Smith, agriculture liaison for Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, will follow Fredrichs and provide further farm policy updates and insights.


After workshop participants enjoy a catered lunch, they will hear from Milacek and Kim Anderson, OSU Cooperative Extension grain marketing specialist. The duo will provide the latest updates and insights about the grain and livestock markets.


J.C. Hobbs, OSU Cooperative Extension tax education and farm management specialist, will then speak about the impact of tax law.


Art Barnaby, KSU Cooperative Extension agricultural economist, will finish the official sessions with a presentation on how the new farm bill likely will add new choices.


“In addition, a representative of the Oklahoma City Regional Risk Management Agency Office will provide an overview of whole farm revenue protection,” Milacek said.


Anyone seeking additional information about the workshop should contact Milacek by phone at 580-237-7677.


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Kingfisher Oklahoma         Armyworms Attacking Wheat

OCES NW Area Agronomist

 Armyworm infestations are being observed in some parts of northwestern Oklahoma.  This caterpillar will measure about 1 and ¼ inches in length when mature and has a dark brown to grayish body with two pale yellow bands extending down the back.  The early signs of an infestation include leaves with ragged margins that have been chewed on.  You may also find “frass”, i.e. the excrement from the armyworm caterpillars, around the base of the wheat plant.  First observations need to around waterways, areas of lush growth, or areas with lodged wheat plants.  These are should be checked first to determine the size of the infestations in your fields.

Yield loss from armyworm feeding can occur in two ways.  First they can feed on the flag leaf and the awns which cause physiological yield loss because the grain head cannot fully mature and will usually shrivel the grain.  These worms can also cause direct yield loss by clipping the heads off the wheat stems.  Fortunately, head clipping is rare, but has occurred in northwestern Oklahoma.  The head clipping that I would normally see if we have heavy enough infestations is limited to secondary tillers with very small, green heads that would not likely contribute much to yield.

In general, if wheat is past the soft dough stage, control of the caterpillars is not warranted unless obvious head clipping can be seen and the caterpillars are still present and continuing to feed.  Worms feeding on the awns when plants are past the soft dough stage of growth will not cause enough yield loss to justify the expense of a plant protection application.

To scout for armyworms, select several locations and search the ground and plant material for armyworms.  The caterpillars tend to feed at night, so a good strategy is to bring a flashlight and look at the fields after dusk when they are feeding. 

Armyworms have a number of natural enemies that help keep populations in check, if given a chance.  In particular, parasitic wasps and flies will attach them.  Parasitized armyworms can often be recognized by the presence of small white eggs attached behind the caterpillar’s neck.  The eggs are about the size of a period at the end of each sentence in this article!


The suggested thresholds for armyworms are 4-5 unparasitized caterpillars per foot of row.  If control is needed, there are a number of products registered for use.  A producer must consider at this time the harvest restriction period that must be observed prior to harvest.  Your OCES Ag Educator, located in each county in northwestern Oklahoma has OCES Extension Fact Sheet CR-7194, Management of Insects and Mite Pests in Small Grains, available for you at your request!

Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments cooperating.  Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, status as a veteran, or disability and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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