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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - January 12, 2018

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The 20 cuts below feature a 3-minute fully-produced piece followed by the scripts and bites that comprise that piece, for your own voicing.






PRE-CALVING COW NUTRITION     (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Spring calving season is rapidly approaching for cow-calf producers, if not already here.  The nutritional state of the cow or heifer ahead of calving is paramount to calving success.  K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek (HANZ-el-check) goes over several considerations on assuring that the calving female is nutritionally sound going in…starting with her body condition score.                


                                             Track 2    (:36)    Q…good condition at calving.


The aim is to make sure that the cow or heifer ration is well-balanced…and there’s a simple “barnyard” way of determining that, according to Hanzlicek.


                                             Track 3   (:34)    Q...would be stiff manure.


And that’s another thing that sometimes goes overlooked… the importance of water consumption to calving success…and Hanzlicek emphasizes that needs to be a clean water source.


                                             Track 4   (:41)    Q...is really, really key.


TAG:  Some thoughts on pre-calving nutrition management for beef cows and heifers from K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.



COW VITAMIN NEEDS   (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



COW VITAMIN NEEDS      (soundbites)


Ahead of the spring calving season, a cow-calf producer has a load of things to think about.  And something that too often goes overlooked is the cow or heifer’s vitamin requirement going into calving time.   There are two vitamins in particular that figure into eventual calving success, according to K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek (HANZ-el-check)…vitamin A and vitamin E.  He tells why they’re important.              


                                             Track 6    (:58)    Q…viable calves at birth.


That’s why a cow-calf producer needs to stay on top on vitamin A and E availability up to and through calving…taking nothing for granted in their forage or mineral supplementation programs.


                                             Track 7   (:29)    Q...when they purchased it.


Hanzlicek notes that the cost of vitamin A and E products has recently soared.  But, he urges producers not to skimp on these key nutrients.


                                             Track 8   (:29)    Q...do not do that.


TAG:  On the role that vitamins A and E play in pre-calving cow and heifer health, that’s K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.



PREVENTING CALF SCOURS    (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






It’s a calf health condition that concerns cow-calf producers every calving season…scours disease.  Taking preventative measures ahead of calving can greatly lessen the threat of scours, according to one K-State veterinarian.  Gregg Hanzlicek (HANZ-el-check) stresses that a clean calving environment goes a long way toward curbing scours problems.          


                                             Track 10    (:52)    Q…that’s really important.


To that latter point, colostrum intake right after the calf is born is crucial to that calf’s survival.


                                             Track 11   (:32)    Q...that calf’s diet.


And if it becomes necessary for the producer to provide supplemental colostrum to a calf, selecting the right product is important as well, according to Hanzlicek.


                                             Track 12   (:29)    Q...two to six hours.


TAG:  On managing against scours disease ahead of calving time, that’s K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek.



CROPPING CLIMATE ADJUSTMENTS  (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Climate change is a much-debated topic…whether it’s actually occurring, and if so, to what extent.  Recently, a team of researchers from Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University collaborated on a report on how agricultural research in the region should respond to the prospect of climate change.  K-State agronomist Dan Devlin was among those participating in the conference that generated this report.        


                                             Track 14    (:34)    Q…programs around agriculture.


If the climate is, indeed, warming, as some would maintain, the priorities in crop production research need to adjust accordingly, as per this report.


                                             Track 15   (:49)    Q...capacity in pest resistance.


Likewise, says Devlin, added attention to crop input management will be required in the advent of climate change.


                                             Track 16   (:30)    Q...application of crop inputs.


TAG:  K-State agronomist Dan Devlin.  The full report on the agricultural research response to climate change in the plains region can be found at www.kcare.ksu.edu



LIVESTOCK CLIMATE ADJUSTMENTS  (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





A recent survey of agricultural producers in Kansas and Oklahoma indicated that a large majority of farmers and ranchers believe that climate change is occurring.  With that in mind, a group of central plains agricultural scientists recently put forth a report on research needs in response to climate change.  K-State agronomist Dan Devlin was among the researchers from K-State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M who created this report. Here’s what it says about climate change and livestock research.       


                                             Track 18    (:35)    Q…and grazing land health.


In addition to grassland response to climate change, these researchers are interested in future studies of climate change impacting livestock feeding operations.


                                             Track 19   (:43)    Q...our communities in Kansas.


Livestock research priorities are but part of this comprehensive report.   Devlin hopes that what it proposed will catch the attention of those who fund agricultural research.


                                             Track 20   (:33)    Q...and maybe re-prioritize.


TAG:  The entire report on agricultural research priorities relating to climate change in the plains region is posted at www.kcare.ksu.edu.   That was K-State agronomist Dan Devlin.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






NEW TRAILS FOR WALK KANSASWalk Kansas, an eight week K-State Research and Extension health initiative, encourages people to be more physically active, eat more fruits and vegetables, and incorporate strength and relaxation exercises into their overall wellness program. Walk Kansas begins March 18th and continues through May 12th. K-State Research and Extension northeast area family and consumer sciences specialist and state coordinator of Walk Kansas, Sharolyn Jackson, says the “virtual trails” for Challenge One have been changed from walking across the state to exploring the eight wonders of Kansas.

Q...particular wonder.




NEED MORE OF A CHALLENGE?To successfully complete Challenge One, each of the six team members must have a minimum of two-and-a-half hours of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week. If your team is looking for a bigger challenge, Jackson suggests signing up for Challenge Two or Three.

Q...those three trails.





IS IT MODERATE OR VIGOROUS?The Walk Kansas recommendation calls for participants to be physically active at a moderate-to-vigorous level. Jackson says there’s a fairly simple way to tell when you’ve reached the correct level.

Q...for Walk Kansas.




MORE EMPHASIS ON FLEXIBILITYIn addition to promoting physical activity, Jackson says Walk Kansas is adding flexibility exercises into this year’s program and continuing to emphasize strength training.

Q...over the eight weeks.




TRACKING FRUITS AND VEGGIESWhile Walk Kansas is not a weight loss program, nutrition information is included in the weekly newsletters because a healthy diet is part of an overall wellness program. Jackson says they also ask participants to keep a food diary of much fruit and vegetables they consume during the eight week program.

Q...of the program.

Tag: Walk Kansas begins March 18th and continues through May 12th. More information is available at county and district Extension offices or online at: www.walkkansas.org.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






JAKE WORCESTERMANHATTAN MEAT MARKETIn the “Little Apple,” where can you get a great steak or roast to cook for your family?  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Manhattan business owner who offers world–class cuts of meat from the best producers in Kansas.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






COW UDDER CARESharply cold weather, coupled with dry conditions, can take quite a toll on a dairy cow’s udder…especially the teat ends.  What the producer use in the form of a post-milking dip to treat winter damage to the udder is important.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) talks about what that treatment should contain.

Q...(theme music)







CATS AND COYOTESFeral cats can cause an assortment of problems in populated areas.  What to do about those problems has long been discussed and debated.  One idea that has come up is the possibility of allowing coyotes to prey on feral cats in a natural setting.  A new study explored whether that approach has any merit, as outlined this week by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.

Q...(theme music)






GROWING UP MUSLIMHave you ever thought of just how hard it is to fit in a teenager…to be cool…to have romantic relationships? Now think about how hard it must be to be an American teenage Muslim boy. John O’Brien spent three-and-a-half years of intensive fieldwork in and around a large urban mosque working to figure that out. And what he found was typical Muslim American teenage boys concerned with typical American teenage issues, but these boys were also expected to be good, practicing Muslims.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: John O’Brien, assistant professor of sociology at New York University Abu Dhabi.







EARLY VEGETABLE TRANSPLANTS Though spring vegetable gardening is at least a couple of months away, home gardeners can get a jump on their gardening by starting certain vegetable transplants indoors, now through February.  Among the first of these transplant starts would be onions, and this week, Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone goes over the steps to successfully starting and raising these transplants.

Q...(theme music)






WALK FOR BETTER HEALTHWalk Kansas, a K-State Research and Extension health initiative, encourages people to be physically active, eat more fruits and vegetables, and incorporate strength and relaxation exercises into their overall wellness program. This year’s Walk Kansas begins March 18th and continues through May 12th. State Walk Kansas coordinator, Sharolyn Jackson, provides an overview of the program and how its participants benefit from Walk Kansas.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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PROMOTING FOREST STEWARDSHIPThis would be a good time for landowners to reflect on the tree resources on their property…and the merits of improved resource management.  K-State forester Bob Atchison is actively promoting forest stewardship to individual landowners, saying there’s plenty of informational, and even monetary, assistance available for this cause.  He talks about those opportunities this week.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



ALBERTA CLIPPERK-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) tells us about a weather phenomenon that Kansans will probably never get to experience for themselves — unless they travel a few hundred miles north.

Q...Research and Extension.



ICE PANSIf you’ve ever noticed interesting patches of ice on the surface of rivers, lakes or ponds, you could be looking at any of a number of ice formations. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers a quick primer.

Q...Research and Extension.



JANUARY THAWA singularity is a weather event that happens on or near a particular date more frequently than would occur by chance. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about a singularity that has been documented in the New England area for almost two centuries.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



KANSAS COMMODITY CLASSICDiscussions over the makeup of the 2018 Farm Bill have already begun.  And Kansas farmers can hear about the latest developments in that arena, and much more, at the 2018 Kansas Commodity Classic scheduled for the last Friday of this month.  Marsha Boswell provides a full preview of this event on the Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.