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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - January 19, 2018

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WHEAT HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





As winter wheat producers topdress their stands with nitrogen in the coming weeks, they might also want to get the jump on broadleaf weeds by including a herbicide in that application.  As always, one needs to be selective about the herbicide product for this purpose, according to a K-State weed management specialist.  Dallas Peterson talks about the herbicide compounds best suited to this “weed and feed” approach to topdressing winter wheat.       


                                             Track 2    (:37)    Q…that decision as well.


Peterson explains that this gets back to appropriate herbicide selection, accounting for the harsh cold conditions that have been prevalent of late.


                                             Track 3   (:43)    Q...going to be very effective.


Further, the producer needs to be sure that the chosen herbicide is compatible with the topdress fertilizer itself.


                                             Track 4   (:36)    Q...that fertilizer blend.


TAG:   On including a broadleaf herbicide in a wheat topdress fertilizer application, that’s K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson.  Read more about the herbicide options in K-State’s 2018 Chemical Weed Control Guide, available at local Extension offices or at www.agronomy.ksu.edu



DICAMBA APPLICATION TRAINING  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





In the wake of crop damage issues linked to the new herbicide treatments on dicamba-resistant soybeans, a new training requirement has been implemented for those who will be applying these products in the future.  K-State Research and Extension is currently facilitating such training for producers and pesticide applicators.  K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson offers a quick recap of what has prompted this.                   


                                             Track 6    (:33)    Q…on Extend crops.


However, drift problems onto susceptible soybeans ensued with these new dicamba compounds…which led to the special application training mandate.


                                             Track 7   (:56)    Q...the certification process.


Peterson and colleagues have now put together a number of training sessions for producers and certified applicators throughout the state.


                                             Track 8   (:26)    Q...as time goes along.


TAG:  To find out the date and location of the K-State dicamba application training session nearest you, contact your local Extension office.   That’s K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson.



FARM BILL CONSIDERATIONS  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Considerable informal discussion on the make-up of the 2018 Farm Bill is already taking place…lawmakers will soon take up that legislation in earnest.  When it comes to the crop price “safety net” in the new farm bill, some lessons can be learned from participation in the current farm program.  K-State agricultural economist Mykel (Michael) Taylor has just authored an article on producer participation in the two crop program options created by the 2014 Farm Bill:  Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage.                


                                             Track 10    (1:02)    Q…some interest in A-R-C.


And how does Taylor foresee that P-L-C participation leaning, in the context of the new farm bill?


                                             Track 11   (:23)    Q...for their coverage.


As for the A-R-C program, Taylor believes that some adjustments will be necessary to generate greater appeal with producers.


                                             Track 12   (:26)    Q...a little more attractive.


TAG:  That’s K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor, on cues that can be taken from crop program participation under the 2014 Farm Bill as the new farm bill is written this year.



CROP INSURANCE IMPACT (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





As the discussions over the crop price “safety net” in the 2018 Farm Bill ramp up, one K-State agricultural economist stresses that the impact of crop insurance on that should not be overlooked, nor shortchanged.  She says this amidst suggestions that funding for the crop insurance program should be cut.  Mykel (Michael) Taylor has been talking with producers about this issue during several K-State winter meetings.                


                                             Track 14    (:47)    Q…get altered too much.


And crop insurance is definitely intertwined with the program safety net components such as Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage…which Taylor says influences a producer’s A-R-C and P-L-C decisions.


                                             Track 15   (:30)    Q...the crop insurance side.


More broadly, says Taylor, any cuts to the crop insurance program heighten the chances that producers will have to assume more economic risk, apart from the “safety net” provisions.


                                             Track 16   (:38)    Q...have an equal impact.


TAG:  Thoughts on the likely impact of crop insurance program cuts as the 2018 Farm Bill process begins from agricultural economist Mykel Taylor of K-State.



FARM FINANCIAL ISSUES (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





The economic challenges before farmers right now are anywhere from formidable to downright daunting.  That’s the observation of two K-State agricultural economists who took part in a series of local farm financial meetings the past few weeks around Kansas.  K-State’s Mykel (Michael) Taylor and Robin Reid note that every farm operation differs from the other in its economic status. Nonetheless, in talking with farmers, they were picking up on some general trends…including the concern over the drop in land values, as Taylor explains.                   


                                             Track 18    (:40)    Q…a point of conversation.


And lower land values mean a weakening in a farm’s equity…potentially leading to credit issues.


                                             Track 19   (:24)    Q...in a bad situation.


Reid and Taylor both observe that the big question in producers’ minds is how long will this current economic stress last.  Reid says that, again, the perspectives vary from farmer to farmer.


                                             Track 20   (:44)    Q...this is going to last.


TAG:  K-State agricultural economists Robin Reid and Mykel Taylor with some observations on economic issues farmers are encountering right now, as expressed at several K-State farm economy meetings around Kansas recently.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






THE SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. And, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, not only is it the sixth leading cause of death in the country, but it also currently cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. About 12 percent of Kansans currently have the disease or related dementia. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland says that while age is the number one risk factor for the disease, when looking for signs of Alzheimer’s disease, doctors look for non-normative signs of aging.

Q...for some people.




COMPLETING TASKS IS DIFFICULTOne of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information or important dates, asking for the same information over and over, increasingly needing to rely on memory aids, such as notes or electronic devices, or family members for things you used to handle on your own. Yelland says other common signs of Alzheimer’s are difficulty with planning, solving problems and completing familiar tasks at home or at work.

Q...can be a sign.





FRUSTRATION BEGINS TO BUILDOther warning signs are confusion with time and space, which may mean losing track of dates, seasons and passage of time; difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving; misplacing things and not being able to retrace steps; having trouble following or joining a conversation; decreased or poor judgment; withdrawal from work or social activities; and a change in mood or personality. Yelland says all of these things can create a great deal of frustration for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Q...to deal with.




DON’T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS While there may still be a stigma attached to Alzheimer’s disease, anyone experiencing the warning signs should see a doctor immediately. Yelland says an early diagnosis will help someone with Alzheimer’s get the maximum benefit from available treatments and give them more time to plan for the future.

Q...really beneficial.




UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE FACINGAbout 90% of what we know about Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered in the last 15 years. While there’s no cure and we don’t know what causes it or how to slow it down, there’s ongoing research and an initiative to be able to understand Alzheimer’s by 2025. Yelland says those who get an early diagnosis can – and should – learn as much as possible about the disease.

Q...battling this disease.

Tag: In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association chapters in Kansas, K-State Research and Extension is helping to educate Kansans about the risk factors associated with the disease. Contact your county or district Extension office to find out when the program is being offered in your area. 




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






C & R RAILROADThe engineer and his wife are long gone, but in a north central Kansas town, the trains still run. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Rural Development, has the story of a man, a dream, a whole lot of trains, and the red wagon that started it all.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






K-STATE DAIRY DAYS Once again, Kansas dairy producers have an opportunity to glean information on a host of dairy management topics at the 2018 K-State Dairy Days.  There will be two of these, one in northeast Kansas on February 1st, the other in south-central Kansas on February 2nd.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) provides a rundown of the Dairy Days agenda, which will be identical at both sites.

Q...(theme music)







RODENT FUMIGATION SYSTEMThere’s an experimental new approach to fumigating burrowing rodents that was recently evaluated in a K-State field trial.  While this method is not yet approved for use in Kansas, it has caught the attention of numerous farmers and other landowners who are combatting rodent problems.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about it, and what he has discovered about its effectiveness.

Q...(theme music)






THE END OF NET NEUTRAILITY AND ITS IMPACTIn a December decision, the Federal Communications Commission officially repealed the 2015 net neutrality regulations. The FCC did so by passing the Restoring Internet Freedom declaratory ruling, which opens up potential changes to the way internet service providers deliver service in the United States. One communications law expert says those potential changes will have a number of impacts and do not serve the public interest.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Sandy Davidson, curators’ teaching professor of communications law at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an adjunct professor in the university’s School of Law.







VEGETABLE GARDEN PLANNINGEvery passing cold winter day is one day closer to the vegetable gardening season.  So in the spirit of planning ahead, K-State horticulturists have just released the updated list of preferred vegetable varieties for Kansas growing conditions.  This week, Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton talks about that useful information, and about other aspects of vegetable garden planning.

Q...(theme music)






THE SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. And, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, not only is it the sixth leading cause of death in the country, but it also currently cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. About 12 percent of Kansans currently have the disease or related dementia. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Erin Yelland discusses the risk factors, signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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NATURAL RESOURCES CONFERENCEPreserving and maximizing tree resources in Kansas will be but one of many topics to be featured at the 2018 Kansas Natural Resource Conference, set for February 8th and 9th in Manhattan.  This week, K-State forester Charlie Barden previews this major event, saying that anyone with any level of interest in tree stewardship should make plans to attend this conference.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



TEMPERATURE SWINGSIt’s not unusual to see large temperature variation during the winter months. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about one very, very wild day that set records that still stand today.

Q...Research and Extension.



ALBEDOWhen everything seems especially bright after a snowfall, there’s a good reason for that. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has an explanation.

Q...Research and Extension.



A BIG SNOWFALLK-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a look back at one of the bigger snowfall events in recent Kansas history.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



KANSAS WHEAT SCHOLARSHIPApplications are now being taken for a special scholarship from Kansas Wheat for a young person who wishes to further their education in the field of agriculture.  This scholarship was established in honor of one of the pioneer leaders in the Kansas wheat industry.  Marsha Boswell has the details on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.