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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - February 16, 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.






CORN PRICE POSITIVES  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





In its latest world grain supply-and-demand report, the USDA posted some numbers that bode well for an improvement in corn prices.  That’s the view of a K-State grain market economist as he looks at the production and supply figures both domestically and abroad.  Dan O’Brien is particularly intrigued with the corn crop projections for two key South American countries, Argentina and Brazil…as was the market with its initially bullish response.          


                                             Track 2    (:44)    Q…dropped the Brazilian number.


Meantime, the U.S. corn numbers in the report would suggest a tightening of stocks going into the new production year.


                                             Track 3   (:43)    Q...all for the good.


All of this means that the corn market will be more prone to a favorable price response ahead of, and into, the spring planting season…and O’Brien advises producers to be alert to that possibility.


                                             Track 4   (:28)    Q...summer months of 2018.


TAG:  On the corn price ramifications of the latest USDA grain supply-and-demand report, that’s K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien.



SOYBEAN SEED TREATMENTS  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Soybean growers have a decision to make soon…whether or not to have their soybean seed treated with a fungicide ahead of planting.  A K-State row crop disease specialist agrees that seed treatments are an added expense…but one that often leads to positive returns.  Doug Jardine (jar-DEEN) points to long-standing K-State field evaluations of soybean seed treatments as a tool for suppressing seedling diseases.                


                                             Track 6    (:49)    Q…a pretty good idea.


In making the decision on a seed treatment, growers need to think about the in-field disease problem they’re likely to encounter, says Jardine.


                                             Track 7   (:20)    Q...most concerned about.


And that disease potential directly relates to anticipated planting date, which should be factored in as well.


                                             Track 8   (:39)    Q...to have rhizoctonia problems.


TAG:  Thoughts there on investing in a fungicide treatment on soybean seed from K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine.  Growers can consult their local Extension agricultural agent for localized recommendations.



SOYBEAN TREATMENT GUIDE  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






There’s a long line-up of soybean seed fungicide treatments out there for growers to consider, if they’ve committed to protecting their seedlings from early-season diseases.  To help producers sort through those products, a helpful guide has been created, which is endorsed by a K-State row crop disease specialist.  Doug Jardine (jar-DEEN) says that multiple years of field trial results have led to this soybean seed treatment publication.               


                                             Track 10    (:47)    Q…contains those products.


Jardine lists a few examples of the fungicide treatments that have proven their merit in K-State field tests.


                                             Track 11   (:40)    Q...for rhizoctonia control.


And by using this product guide, soybean growers can work with their seed dealers or seed conditioners in selecting the fungicide likely to offer the best seedling protection.


                                             Track 12   (:23)    Q...your specific needs.


TAG:  That’s K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine.  Again, you can access this soybean seed treatment guide at the K-State Plant Pathology web site:   www.plantpath.ksu.edu



CROP INSURANCE PREMIUMS (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Corn and soybean producers, particularly those who farm in lower-weather risk areas, could get a break on their crop insurance premiums this year.  That’s according to a K-State risk management specialist who is conducting a running analysis of that possibility.   Art Barnaby points to a favorable change in the implied price volatility that is one of the main determining factors in those premium levels.                


                                             Track 14    (:48)    Q…from a year ago.


Barnaby cites the drop in implied volatility for corn as the cornerstone of his new analysis.


                                             Track 15   (:23)    Q...the base rate constant.


The jist of it is that, because of the lower volatility level for corn, premiums paid to cover crops grown in less-risky environments will be lower than last year.  That, of course, will vary by county, as Barnaby singles out several examples.


                                             Track 16   (:44)    Q...something that’s similar.


TAG:  K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby is regularly updating his crop insurance premium analysis in these weeks ahead of the 2018 enrollment deadline.  You can find his latest numbers at www.agmanager.info.



SORGHUM APHID PREDATORS (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Three years ago, an insect called the sugarcane aphid burst upon the grain sorghum production scene in the central plains…exacting a heavy toll on sorghum crops.  Last year, the damage from this insect was considerably lower.  And a K-State crop entomologist credits that to beneficial insects feeding on the aphid.  J.P. Michaud (mih-SHOW) has been studying the impact of these predatory insects on the sugarcane aphid.                 


                                             Track 18    (1:01)    Q…big help to us.


And growers have been asking Michaud if there’s anything they can do in their overall cropland management that would encourage the activity of the Asian lady beetle and the other beneficial insects…as a means of biologically controlling the aphid.


                                             Track 19   (:24)    Q...spraying wheat and alfalfa.


Michaud fully understands that those insect problems in alfalfa and wheat must be addressed.  However, that brings in the idea of strategic insecticide selection.


                                             Track 20   (:25)    Q...if you can preserve them.


TAG:  K-State crop entomologist J.P. Michaud on preserving beneficial insects as a biological control against the sugarcane aphid in sorghum.  Consult your local Extension agricultural agent for more ideas on this objective.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






A FOCUS ON COMMUNITY HEALTHThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded K-State Research and Extension specialists Elaine Johannes and Erin Yelland more than 300-thousand dollars to implement a Master Health Volunteer program in Ottawa, Saline, Dickinson, Marion, McPherson, Cherokee and Cowley counties. Yelland says the grant provides support for Extension to recruit volunteers with diverse backgrounds and equip them with the skills necessary to improve individual, family, and community health in those seven counties.

Q...we can improve health.




HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFE SPANNational Institute of Food and Agriculture director, Sonny Ramaswamy, (ram-uh-swah-me) says Extension plays a key role in supporting the health of rural communities by providing evidence-based education to help people improve their health and quality of life. Yelland says that includes addressing the declining health of the American population and implementing programs that promote good health across the life span.

Q...these chronic diseases.





MAKING THE HEALTHY CHOICEK-State Research and Extension is currently implementing a practice that focuses on policy, systems and environmental change. In this case, Yelland says communities might consider a policy, system or environmental change that makes the healthy choice, the easy choice.

Q...make a big difference.




DETERMINING THE PRIORITIES As community leaders and volunteers receive training, they’ll face a variety of questions and issues that need to be answered and addressed. Extension will provide the necessary tools for having those conversations, but Yelland says each community is responsible for setting their own health-related priorities.

Q...these conversations.




A UNIQUE TRAINING APPROACHThe timeline for the Master Health Program in Ottawa, Saline, Dickinson, Marion, McPherson, Cherokee and Cowley counties calls for volunteers to be recruited this summer and training to begin in the fall. Extension is currently working on curriculum development for the initiative. Yelland says it will be a combination of in-person and online training.

Q...to improving health.

Tag: Yelland anticipates this pilot program will be successful and that it will expand to the entire state. You can find more information about health-related programs offered through Extension at all county and district offices.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE (PART 2)There are four statues in the rotunda of the Kansas state capitol building in Topeka. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells the story of one of those statues – and the man it memorializes.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






CARING FOR TRANSITION COWSWhen it comes to dealing with transition cows – which covers cows three weeks prior to calving as well as three weeks post-calving – K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) says there are 10 factors dairy producers should consider.

Q...(theme music)







RENOVATING FARM PONDSDespite all the issues the persistently dry weather has created, it also has opened up an opportunity for many landowners to renovate leaky farm ponds.  This can be accomplished a couple of ways, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee outlines here.  He recommends that one first identify the reason for the leaking before taking action.

Q...(theme music)






PROSPERITY IN KANSAS AND THE NATION A report by Prosperity Now says despite lower unemployment, a booming stock market, and a modest decline in the poverty rate, there is growing evidence that positive economic gains at the national level are not widely shared by those of low and moderate income nationally, or in Kansas. The organization says unemployment in Kansas is currently at its lowest rate in more than a decade. In addition, the income poverty rate decreased slightly in the last year. However, despite those gains, the richest 20 percent of households now earn over four times more than the poorest 20 percent.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Solana Rice, Prosperity Now’s director of state and local policy.







FRUIT TREE PRUNINGOn one of these warmer late-winter days, those with fruit trees on their place should consider pruning those for improved fruit productivity.  This should be a standard practice every year, according to Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone.  This week, he talks why pruning is important, and about how aggressively to prune fruit trees, which will vary with the tree type.

Q...(theme music)






A FOCUS ON COMMUNITY HEALTHThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded K-State Research and Extension specialists Elaine Johannes and Erin Yelland more than 300-thousand dollars to recruit volunteers with diverse backgrounds and equip them with the skills needed to create positive health-related changes in their communities. Yelland says addressing the declining health of the American population is a pressing issue that requires innovative initiatives to produce significant impacts, and this grant provides the support to implement a Master Health Volunteer program in Ottawa, Saline, Dickinson, Marion, McPherson, Cherokee and Cowley counties.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



CONSERVATION TREE PLANTING If you’re in need of low-cost seedlings, the Kansas Forest Service operates a conservation tree planting program that allows farmers, ranchers and homeowners to purchase bundles of 25 or more seedlings at an average cost of 80-cents per seedling. K-State forester Charlie Barden says these seedlings, about 12-to-24 inches tall, grow quickly and provide numerous benefits.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



HOARFROST AND RIMEDuring winter, ice can take on several forms. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) tells us about a couple of those: hoarfrost and rime.

Q...Research and Extension.



HOW MUCH WATER IN SNOW?There are a couple of common adages or rules of thumb when it comes to estimating the amount of water in a particular snowfall. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says these adages aren’t always as accurate as you might think.

Q...Research and Extension.



WATER VAPORCarbon dioxide is frequently mentioned in discussions and articles on greenhouse gases and climate change. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says carbon dioxide takes second place to something else.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



FARM FINANCIAL STRESSThe tight economic margins in production agriculture are putting mental and emotional stress on many producers.  In times like these, an advisory service out of Kansas State University becomes even more valuable.  Marsha Boswell talks about it on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.