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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - February 2, 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.






COW FEEDING COSTS   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



COW FEEDING COSTS   (soundbites)


Improving profitability in the operation is a perpetual goal of cow-calf producers.  Recent K-State research indicates that production costs largely dictate that profitability.  K-State beef systems specialist Sandy Johnson has been talking up cow herd cost management at K-State’s ranch management seminars this winter.  She is urging producers to compare their costs to Kansas Farm Management Association data to gauge where their operations stand.     


                                             Track 2    (:36)    Q…might make improvements.


But how does one begin to analyze their cow herd production cost status?  Johnson offers this thought.


                                             Track 3   (:45)    Q...simplifies that process.


She adds that closely tracking costs of production year round will go a long way toward improved cost management, and therefore, improved profitability.


                                             Track 4   (:32)    Q...those inventory changes.


TAG:  That’s K-State beef systems specialist Sandy Johnson.  To access the Kansas Farm Management Association’s cow-calf production cost information for benchmarking purposes, go to www.agmanager.info



COW PRODUCTION COSTS  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Given the current economic state of cow-calf production, producers must have a firm grasp of the costs associated with their operations.  So says a K-State beef systems specialist, and one of those areas of emphasis she’s promoting is cow production costs.  Each cow-calf producer really needs to be tracking as many aspects of their herd management as possible, according to Sandy Johnson, to get at what it is costing them to produce a pound of weaned calf…that, she says, is an important benchmark.               


                                             Track 6    (:39)    Q…other production benchmarks.


And Johnson says there is information out there that cow-calf producers to lean on for making comparisons.


                                             Track 7   (:51)    Q...to troubleshoot that problem.


Monitoring herd production costs as well as herd feeding costs will help immensely as producers may encounter economic challenges in 2018, according to Johnson.


                                             Track 8   (:17)    Q...help us troubleshoot that.


TAG:  On the value of identifying and managing the costs of cow-calf production, that’s K-State beef systems specialist Sandy Johnson.



PLANT-BASED BEEF (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




PLANT-BASED BEEF  (soundbites)


So-called plant-based beef products--derived from plants, not from cattle--have garnered a fair bit of attention recently...especially as a couple of major meat processing companies have now invested in this line of production.  Should this development be of concern to beef cattle producers?  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers his thoughts on whether the emergence of plant-based beef will have negative consequences for the cattle industry.  He believes that the short-term impact will be minimal.                   


                                             Track 10    (:34)    Q…about it isn’t there.


But the advent of these plant-based meat alternatives raises a new question about how meat products are actually defined.


                                             Track 11   (:48)    Q...the attention it deserves.


In any event, Tonsor urges cattle producers to not just pass this off as inconsequential, or as a temporary fad.


                                             Track 12   (:36)    Q...potential risk to monitor.


TAG:  Those thoughts on plant-based beef products and their relevance to the beef cattle sector from K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor.



COVER CROP BENEFITS (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



COVER CROP BENEFITS   (soundbites)


Farmer interest in what cover crops can do for their operations has swelled over the past few years.  And a soil management specialist from K-State has been busy this winter answering producer questions about what cover crops can do for soil improvement.   DeAnn Presley says that in general, including a cover crop in a cash crop rotation can address a variety of crop soil issues.            


                                             Track 14    (:34)    Q…in your rotation.


And the “cover” aspect of cover crops is not to be overlooked here, says Presley.


                                             Track 15   (:44)    Q...that doesn’t work.


So, what cover crops best serve these soil conservation purposes?   That depends on what the producer wants to accomplish.  However, most cover crop types will prove beneficial in some fashion, according to Presley.


                                             Track 16   (:36)    Q...help a lot.


TAG:  With those thoughts on the attributes of cover crops in the cause of crop soil improvement, that’s soil management specialist DeAnn Presley of Kansas State University.



COVER CROPS AND SOIL HEALTH (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





One of the stated objectives of including a cover crop in crop rotations is to improve soil health.  That can mean any number of things, according to a K-State soil management specialist who has been talking cover crops with producers around the state this winter.   What constitutes good soil health?  That, says DeAnn Presley incorporates a number of soil properties.               


                                             Track 18    (1:02)    Q…a piece of that.


And the more of those criteria that are met, the healthier that soil is, as Presley explains.


                                             Track 19   (:21)    Q...by the microbes.


So, when it comes to tying cover crop selection to soil health improvement, producers need to learn as much as possible about what individual cover crop types can contribute.  Presley says there’s a very useful on-line resource that offers producers excellent guidance on that.


                                             Track 20   (:29)    Q...that can be helpful.


TAG:  To access that on-line tool, simply search for “Midwest Cover Crops Guide”.  Those remarks on cover crops and soil health from K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






STARTING A SAVINGS HABITSavers with a plan can be over twice as likely to save successfully. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says one of the principles of America Saves is that when the plan is written down and shared with others, we are more likely to continue to work toward that goal and to have better success achieving it. K-State Research and Extension, through Kansas Saves, is a partner in promoting America Saves Week, which begins February 26th and runs through March 3rd. Kiss (kish) says the goal of America Saves Week is to help people develop a savings habit.

Q...to achieve our goals.




FOCUSED ON WAYS TO SAVEThis year’s America Saves Week campaign features seven daily savings themes. Kiss (kish) says this includes creating a savings plan, making your savings automatic and saving for those unexpected expenses.

Q...to their other goals.





SAVE FOR YOUR RETIREMENTSaving for retirement is another daily theme. Participating in a work-related retirement program, such as a 401(k) or opening an Individual Retirement Account, will ensure you have enough money to have a comfortable standard of living when you stop working or reduce the amount of hours you work. If your employer offers a retirement program, Kiss (kish) says you’ll want to take advantage of that “free” money.

Q...that’s the foundation.




SAVE EXTRA, SMALL AMOUNTSOver a long period, we’re more likely to consistently save a windfall than a small amount. However, Kiss (kish) says saving the extra makes a big difference in meeting financial goals.

Q...credit card debt.




HAVE A PLAN AND SET A GOALGood savings habits start at home. Whether you’re budgeting, saving, making retirement decisions or assessing workplace benefits, share the choices you make with your children, regardless of their age. America Saves Week is designed to get people to set goals. Kiss (kish) says to have a plan and don’t be afraid to share your financial goals with others.

Q...success at achieving it.

Tag: For more information, go to: americasavesweek.org or kansassaves.org. For help setting up a household budget, contact your local county or district Extension office.   




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






KYLE BAUERKFRMEvery radio has at least two bands, the FM band and the AM band. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University, continues his story about a pair of local radio stations that continue to flourish against national radio programming trends.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






ADDRESSING OPEN COWSEspecially in these times of low milk prices, a dairy producer can ill-afford any mis-steps in herd reproduction.  If open cows have become a problem, the producer needs to get at the root of that situation right away.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) offers some suggestions on troubleshooting incidents of open cows.

Q...(theme music)







AQUACULTURE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCECommercial fish production does have a presence in the central plains.  And those interested in aquaculture are encouraged to attend a major informational conference coming up soon near Kansas City, sponsored by the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center of which K-State is a part.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the state of aquaculture in Kansas, and about the many topics to be covered at this conference on February 9th-10th.

Q...(theme music)






MAINTAINING OUR DEMOCRACYThe United States, this democracy we live in, is often viewed as being in disarray. Many seem paralyzed and unsure how to react to the problems we face, laying the blame on our democracy and the government it provides. Others seem intent on limiting the power of the ballot box and restricting governmental influence. Two authors have come together to write about hope and optimism, and the effort to put resources into valuing our democracy.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Frances Moore Lappe, co-author of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want.







ORNAMENTAL FLOWER SELECTIONA gardener could quickly become overwhelmed with the explosion of annual ornamental flowers on the market now.  To help gardeners select the flower cultivars that are best suited to Kansas growing conditions, K-State conducts the Prairie Star flower evaluation program.  This week, K-State nursery crops specialist Cheryl Boyer talks about how to access the list of recommended flowers from this past year’s field trials around the state.                         

                                                                                                                    Q...(theme music)






STARTING A SAVINGS HABITSavers with a plan can be over twice as likely to save successfully. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says one of the principles of America Saves and Kansas Saves is that when the plan is written down and shared with others, we are more likely to continue to work toward that goal and to have better success achieving it. America Saves Week, which begins February 26th and runs through March 3rd, will use daily savings themes to focus on increasing savings, reducing debt, and developing habits that lead to a strong financial future.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



TIMBER MARKETING TIPSKansas landowners frequently don’t realize that the timber on their property may have market value.  K-State forester Bob Atchison encourages those with hardwood tree resources to assess what they have, and then carefully go about marketing what they have to timber buyers.  As he notes this week, that involves a series of highly-important steps.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



RED FLAG WARNINGSIsn’t winter a little too early to start worrying about wildfire danger? K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) says that wildfire conditions can exist anytime.

Q...Research and Extension.



DROUGHTThe Glossary of Meteorology defines drought as “a period of abnormally dry weather sufficiently prolonged for the lack of water to cause serious hydrologic imbalance.” K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has a more direct explanation.

Q...Research and Extension.



HOW THE WILD THINGS SURVIVEMost humans have it relatively easy: When it gets too hot or too cold, we change our wardrobe, or adjust the thermostat in the house. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how animals deal with extreme weather conditions.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



PROMINENT TRADE ISSUESThe agricultural sector has been keenly attuned to international trade deliberations for several months running.  And trade was definitely the lead theme at the recent Kansas Commodity Classic which took place in Manhattan.  Marsha Boswell provides a recap on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.                                                                                                                                                             Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.