I would like to remind you that registration for the upcoming “Farm Transitions” Workshop is nearing.

I would like to remind you that registration for the upcoming “Farm Transitions” Workshop is nearing.

This two-session, four-day workshop is designed to allow participating families to begin planning before Thanksgiving so that some follow-up discussion and planning with “off-farm” or “absentee” family members could be conducted during the holiday get-together if desired.

The agenda and speakers for the workshop are:

• Nov. 7

–– 1 p.m.: Overview/Introduction – Leland McDaniel, Carter County OSU Extension
–– 1:15 p.m.: Preparing to Transfer – Damona Doye, OSU Farm Management Specialist
–– 2:15 p.m.: Transfer Strategies – Dustin Oswald, Noble Foundation Ag. Economist
–– 3:30 p.m.: Financial Considerations – J.J. Jones, OSU Area Ag. Economist
–– 4:30 p.m.: Communication & Farm Conflicts – Andrea Braeutigam, Okla. Ag. Mediation Program
–– 5:15 p.m.: Conducting a Family Business Meeting – Andrea Braeutigam
–– 6 p.m.: Dinner
–– 6:30 p.m.: “True Colors” Personality Exercise – Debbie Sharp, Murray County OSU Extension

• Nov. 8

–– 8 a.m.: Planning for Retirement – Dan Childs, Noble Foundation Ag. Economist
–– 9 a.m.: Long-Term Care Insurance – Eileen St. Pierre, OSU Personal Finance Specialist
–– 10:30 a.m.: Wants/Needs/Hopes/Fears – Leland McDaniel, Carter County OSU Extension
–– 11:15 a.m.: Hiring a Lawyer, Accountant, Etc. – Steve Swigert, Noble Foundation Ag. Economist
–– 12 p.m.: Lunch
–– 12:45 p.m.: Estate Planning – Shannon Ferrell, OSU Prof. Agricultural Law
–– 2:30 p.m.        Question & Answer – Speaker Panel

• Dec. 12

–– 1 p.m.: Business Legal Entities – John Batchelor, Attorney & Farmer
–– 3:15 p.m.: Decision Making Structure – Fred Schmedt, Farmer/Rancher & Retired Noble  Foundation Ag. Economist
–– 4:15 p.m. Evaluating Financial Feasibility – Job Springer, Noble Foundation Ag. Economist
–– 6 p.m.: Dinner
–– 7 p.m.: Computer Lab or Individual Consultation – Damona Doye, J.J. Jones, et al

• Dec. 13

–– 8 a.m.: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats – Steve Swigert, Noble Foundation  Ag. Economist
–– 9 a.m.: Tax Issues – Doug Dean, Accountant
–– 10:15 a.m.: Managing the Family Workforce – Sarah Fogleman, former Ag. Economist, Kansas State University
–– 12 p.m.: Lunch
–– 1 p.m.: Constructing a Transition Plan – Damona Doye, J.J. Jones, et al
–– 2:30 p.m.: Wrap-Up – Damona Doye, OSU Farm Management Specialist

Participation is limited, so please attend to registration details quickly. For additional information or a registration form, please contact Denise Menke, Carter County Extension Secretary, at 580/223-6570.

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Fall armyworms still a concern

In light of the cooler nights recently, I have been asked on several occasions if the threat of armyworms is still a concern. The short answer is yes.

Even though we have had light frosts in scattered areas, fall armyworms will continue to be a concern until we have a more general killing frost.

I would encourage you to scout fields regularly, at least every other day. Scout field perimeters as well as the interior as infestations often move into a field from adjacent pasture, ditches and other tall grass areas.

If you find armyworms, a judgment call is then in order on whether or not to spray. The threshold for fall-seeded small grains is 2-3 armyworms per linear foot of row. In pasture, the general rule-of-thumb is 2-3 armyworms per square foot.

There are several readily available insecticides for armyworm control.

If purchasing a control product, make sure it is labeled for the crop and be aware of grazing restrictions.

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