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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - January 26, 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.






RURAL WILDFIRE PROTECTION   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





The enormous damage inflicted by wildfires in rural Kansas the past two years has been well documented.  And unfortunately, conditions are set up once again for another round of wildfires in the coming months.  That’s why a K-State fire protection specialist is imploring of rural dwellers to take the proper precautions.  Jason Hartman is with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.  He says that the fuel load that could facilitate a wildfire outbreak is certainly out there.                 


                                             Track 2    (:18)    Q…fuel load out there.


Priority one, of course, is avoiding the ignition of a wildfire in the first place.   Farmers and ranchers simply need to be cognizant of the threat as they go about their outdoor activities.


                                             Track 3   (:38)    Q...safe and effective manner.


But even if one is ultra-careful, that alone won’t prevent someone or something else from sparking a wildfire in the area.   So Hartman lists a few things that can be done to protect farm and ranch structures from wildfire damage.


                                             Track 4   (:54)    Q...safer for the home.


TAG:  That’s fire protection specialist Jason Hartman of the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University. Go to www.kansasforests.org for more information on wildfire prevention and protection.



EARLY KOCHIA CONTROL  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





It has become one of the most difficult broadleaf weed problems for crop producers in the central plains over the last few years…kochia.  Attribute that in large part to this weed’s resistance to glyphosate herbicide, which has forced producers to consider other herbicide alternatives.  K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson says that pre-emergence treatments are the way to go in controlling kochia…meaning that those applications should be going on any time now.   


                                             Track 6    (:28)    Q…we can control it.


And Thompson says a two-tiered approach to kochia control is in order…the first being the standard inclusion of dicamba in the tank mix.


                                             Track 7   (:26)    Q...component of the mixture.


If the plan is to plant corn or grain sorghum on that ground this spring, there are other herbicides of choice to be coupled with the dicamba when going after kochia.


                                             Track 8   (:40)    Q...component has worn out.


TAG:  If crops other than corn or sorghum are to be planted, however, the kochia herbicide options change.  Growers should consult K-State’s 2018 Chemical Weed Control Guide for the latest information on kochia control.  That was K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson.



WHEAT INSECT CONCERNS (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

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Going into the winter, there were a handful of wheat crop insect infestations that had the attention of growers.  Lately, some have been wondering if the sharply cold temperatures of early January did anything to suppress those pests.  A K-State crop entomologist says it depends on the insect.  Jeff Whitworth says that there were three kinds of worms that were prominent in Kansas wheat last fall…and making the distinction between them is important.             


                                             Track 10    (:28)    Q…seen them overwinter.


But again, the army cutworm will likely survive this winter, and growers should be alert to its crop damage potential.


                                             Track 11   (:24)    Q...into the fall.


Also, the winter grain mite was quite active in Kansas wheat last fall…and it, too, could very well come out of the winter aggressively.


                                             Track 12   (1:01)    Q...won’t be a problem.


TAG:  So wheat producers should be alert to these possible insect pest threats as their stands break dormancy soon, according to K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth.



WHEAT CURL MITES (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



WHEAT CURL MITES   (soundbites)


Wheat streak mosaic disease made headlines in Kansas wheat country last year.  It exacted a significant toll on wheat, particularly in the western part of the state…and it’s steadily edging eastward, year to year.  This disease is vectored by the wheat curl mite, which routinely survives the harshest of winter weather in this region.  K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth is staying fully attuned to wheat curl mite activity.  He says that just a few days ago, the disease it carries was confirmed still further east in Kansas.            


                                             Track 14    (:32)    Q…wheat streak mosaic.


As such reports of wheat streak mosaic emerge, wheat growers understandably become concerned about the threat and how to respond to it.


                                             Track 15   (:45)    Q...silvery or yellow.


Whitworth suggests that growers who think that the wheat curl mite might have spread the disease to their fields be ready to sample for it in the coming weeks.


                                             Track 16   (:32)    Q...what it is and sample.


TAG:  On wheat curl mite activity in Kansas wheat stands, that’s K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth.



CALF SCOURS TREATMENT (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

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It remains among the leading health issues for newborn beef calves…calf scours.  Left untreated, a calf can quickly succumb to this condition.  And the cow-calf producer needs to be familiar with the nature of scours, to know how to respond with the appropriate treatment.  K-State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff (TAR-poff) outlines in simple terms the trouble that scours pathogens create.                   


                                             Track 18    (:16)    Q…dealing with calf scours.


And, says Tarpoff, recognizing what exactly is causing the scours problem is essential to deciding what fluid therapy to use.


                                             Track 19   (:39)    Q...some of these issues.


So, then, what are the scours treatment options?  Oftentimes, says Tarpoff, the assistance of one’s veterinarian is required, to assure a positive outcome.


                                             Track 20   (:57)    Q...already very depressed.


TAG:  That’s K-State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff, on the treatment regimens for dealing with calf scours disease.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






PLAN FOR THE SUPER BOWL PARTYThe Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will square off February 4th in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. More than 111 million people watched last year’s Super Bowl – many of them at some kind of Super Bowl party. The average American will consume at least 2,400 calories during the four or five hour telecast. That’s well above the recommended amount of calories for an entire day! However, it’s possible to have a Super Bowl party without going calorie crazy. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter suggests planning your day to account for the food you’ll eat during the game.

Q...behaviors to come in.




AVOID BECOMING A COUCH POTATOWhile loaded potato skins may be one of the many snack foods at a Super Bowl party, try to avoid becoming a couch potato. Procter says even a little activity is better than none.

Q...into leftover Monday.





SURVEY ALL OF THE FOOD OPTIONS Another strategy to control how much we eat during a Super Bowl party is to survey all of the food options before putting anything on our plate. Procter suggests starting with the three things you really want, and if possible, use a small plate.

Q...this kind of an event.




SERVE SOME POPCORN AND WATERIf you’re looking for a few healthier options for your Super Bowl party, serve cut up fruit and vegetables, baked sweet potato chips, turkey burger sliders or baked chicken. Procter also recommends having a variety of water available and serving popcorn instead of chips.

Q...of party drinks, as well.




REMEMBER THAT IT IS JUST ONE DAYThe Super Bowl is America’s second biggest eating holiday, ranking only behind Thanksgiving. If you eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than planned, Procter says not to beat yourself up, it’s just one day.

Q...rather than the exception.

Tag: More information on healthful eating is available at county and district Extension offices on the Extension website: www.ksre.ksu.edu.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






KYLE BAUERKCLY–FMIn 21st century American radio broadcasting, radio stations that are truly local in personnel and programming are increasingly difficult to find. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a small town radio station that still has a very local voice.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






SETTING OPERATION GOALSMilk prices are not expected to improve much in 2018.  Instead of dwelling on that, dairy producers would be better served by concentrating on production and management goals for this new year, setting a course to achieve those accordingly.  So says K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook), who offers up some goal-setting examples this week.

Q...(theme music)







PRAIRIE CHICKEN STUDYThe concern over declining prairie chicken numbers continues.  In light of that, a new study out of K-State looked at a relatively new approach to grassland management, called “patch-burn” grazing, and its impact on prairie chicken survival.  It was compared to the more frequently-used intensive grazing approach, which includes annual full-pasture burning.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the rather definitive findings of this research.

Q...(theme music)






HISTORY OF THE WRITTEN WORDAccording to one author and scholar, literature, since it emerged 4,000 years ago, has shaped the lives of most humans on this planet. Literature has molded religion, politics and commerce, and turned our world into a written world. On today’s Perspective program a look at how the advance of storytelling through written technology gave humans a powerful political force that includes everything from the Iliad to the Communist Manifesto to the Bible to the Koran, and so much more.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.







TREE-GRASS COMPETITION STUDYIt’s long been understood that turfgrass growth around the base of a newly-planted tree can slow the growth and development of that tree.  A recent study set out to quantify that impact. This week, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham reports on the findings of that research, which looked at multiple kinds of grass competition and the value of mulching.

Q...(theme music)






SUPER SNACKS, DRINKS AND ACTIVITYDiehard Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans aren’t the only ones who can’t wait for Super Bowl 52 to kick-off in Minneapolis on February 4th – everyone who loves football and Super Bowl parties – are anxiously awaiting the big game. On game day, the average American will consume at least 2,400 calories just during the four to five hour telecast. That’s well above the amount of calories recommended for an entire day! K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says a Super Bowl party doesn’t have to be calorie crazy. She recommends throwing a party that includes super snacks, super drinks and super activity.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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WINTER LEAF RETENTIONIf the conditions are just so, it’s not uncommon for some hardwood trees to retain their leaves right through the winter season.  This week, K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains how that happens.  And he notes that that leaf retention can sometimes lead to ice and snow damage to those trees…which can be dealt with via careful pruning.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



ONCE IN A BLUE MOONK-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) previews an upcoming lunar spectacular, and delves into the history behind a common phrase.

Q...Research and Extension.



LA NIÑACooler water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are making themselves felt in weather patterns here in America. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a look.

Q...Research and Extension.



GROUNDHOG DAYToday is “Groundhog Day,” when we find out how much longer winter will last. Or, maybe not. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a hard look at the numbers.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WHEAT FOODS AND FITNESSWhile personal fitness advisers and trainers know a lot about getting in shape, they may know very little about how nutrition factors in.  The Wheat Foods Council is acting to fill that informational void, emphasizing that wheat-based foods are very much part of physical fitness.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.