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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - February 23 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.






PRESCRIBED BURN ASSOCIATIONS  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Prescribed burning is a proven grassland management practice in the central plains, promoting high-quality pasture growth and invasive species control.  Conducting a prescribed burn safely and effectively is serious business.  And that has given rise to local prescribed burn associations throughout Kansas.  The idea behind these associations is to formally bring together landowners to organize and carry out pasture burning.  The fire protection specialist with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Jason Hartman, has more.        


                                             Track 2    (:40)    Q…conduct burns together.


These individual associations are typically structured relatively simply, but are formal enough to allow them to take advantage of official association status.



                                             Track 3   (:31)    Q...have to be developed.


The benefits extend beyond the actual coordination of a pasture burn.  Hartman cites some examples.



                                             Track 4   (:41)    Q...person to ask questions.


TAG:  Fire protection specialist Jason Hartman of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.  For more information on organizing or joining a prescribed burn association, the service’s web site provides links to a wealth of information:  www.kansasforests.org.  



SPRING BULL PURCHASES  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





For those commercial cow-calf producers who are in the market for yearling bulls this spring, a K-State cow-calf production specialist offers some advice.  He urges producers to take full advantage of the upgrades in bull performance predictors, and to be mindful of how they deploy those new bulls after the purchase.  K-State’s Bob Weaber (Weber) talks about getting the most out of that yearling bull investment.                   


                                             Track 6    (:17)    Q…to think about, too.


When shopping for bulls, producers should capitalize on the new genomics-based information available on potential herd sires, according to Weaber.


                                             Track 7   (:54)    Q...that added accuracy.


And Weaber adds that the post-purchase management of those bulls is critical not only to their initial breeding performance, but to their longevity in the herd as well.


                                             Track 8   (:42)    Q...the whole breeding season.


TAG:  With those thoughts for cow-calf producers upon buying yearling bulls this spring, that’s K-State cow-calf production specialist Bob Weaber.



FAMILY LIVING EXPENSES  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Among the multiple factors that make up net farm income, the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State routinely tracks farm family living expenses.   That’s a category that often goes overlooked, when it comes to a farm’s economic status.   One K-State agricultural economist recently dug into the KFMA numbers to see how family living expenses change as farm income changes.  Gregg Ibendahl (EYE-ben-doll) tells exactly what he was looking at.      


                                             Track 10    (:11)    Q…a category for it.


Ibendahl reviewed KFMA records going all the way back to 1993.  He wanted to see if family living expenses were adjusted with the ebb and flow of farm income.


                                             Track 11   (:41)    Q...like to see, really.


Breaking the numbers down further by expense, Ibendahl was able to identify where farm families tend to pare back when income is tight.


                                             Track 12   (1:06)    Q...medical insurance down.


TAG:  K-State agriculture economist Gregg Ibendhal there.  The full report, entitled “An Analysis of Farm Family Living in Kansas” can be found at www.agmanager.info



MARESTAIL IN SOYBEANS (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Over time, the weed known as marestail has become more problematic for soybean growers.  While a fall herbicide treatment is preferred for controlling marestail, an early spring treatment can be an effective alternative.  K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson discusses why this winter annual weed is more of a challenge for soybean producers than it used to be.         


                                             Track 14    (:39)    Q…difficult to manage.


And even though it’s been a cold winter across the central plains region, marestail has proven to be resilient, and not terribly prone to winterkill.  It can come back aggressively once spring comes on.


                                             Track 15   (:23)    Q...with your management.


Peterson stresses that, if a grower didn’t spray marestail on soybean ground last fall, there’s still the opportunity to gain good control with a very early spring application.


                                             Track 16   (:45)    Q...haven’t come up yet.


TAG:  That’s K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson.  Soybean growers should consult the K-State Chemical Weed Control guide for the latest herbicide recommendations for spring control of marestail.  That can be found on line at the K-State Research and Extension bookstore, or through the local Extension office.



JUNIOR LIVESTOCK DAYS (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University will soon host two livestock production days for youth…one for young beef cattle producers, the other for youngsters in sheep production.  Registrations are being taken now for these highly-popular events.  K-State’s 2018 Junior Sheep Producer Day will take place on Saturday, March 17th.  Its 2018 Junior Beef Producer Day happens the following Saturday, March 24th…both on the campus.  K-State youth livestock coordinator Lexie Hayes talks about these learning opportunities.                  


                                             Track 18    (:20)    Q…about those projects.


Hayes says that the general makeup of the programs is similar, and each is very much a hands-on experience.


                                             Track 19   (:50)    Q...about these different topics.


She emphasizes that K-State is promoting these junior days as family experiences for youth and adults alike.


                                             Track 20   (:30)    Q...experience coming together.


TAG:  That’s K-State youth livestock coordinator Lexie Hayes.   Again, this year’s K-State Junior Sheep Producer Day is set for March 17th, and the Junior Beef Producer Day follows on March 24th.  Registration details can be found at www.youthlivestock.ksu.edu



The 5 features below are sound bites only






READING WITH CHILDRENReading with a young child can boost their school readiness, help them become better readers and increase their vocabulary. In addition, books with diverse characters help them learn about the world. March is National Reading Awareness Month and a K-State Research and Extension child development specialist encourages adults to spend at least 15 minutes each day reading with young children. Braford Wiles says children benefit more when adults read with them and not to them because reading to them is a one-sided activity.

Q...hundreds of times over.




MAKE IT A FUN ACTIVITYWhen reading with young children, make it fun. Wiles says using silly character voices or making noises, such as the “moo” of a cow or “swish” of the wind, keeps children engaged.

Q...learn how to do it.





BETTER THAN TECHNOLOGYWhile we live in a highly technical age, Wiles says children benefit more from reading with an adult than from watching TV or playing on a tablet or smartphone.

Q...those shared interactions.




LEARNING FROM STORIES If you’ve ever wondered why children want to read the same book over and over, it’s because they’re trying to achieve a level of mastery. Even if they can’t recognize the words on the page, they know when the story is different or a page has been skipped. Wiles says children’s stories are typically designed to help children build their vocabulary and improve their problem solving.

Q...their vocabulary will be.




BOOKS ARE EVERYWHEREWhile some children’s books can be expensive, Wiles says you don’t have to buy books and you don’t need to have a huge collection.

Q...for young children.

Tag: If you want more information about the benefits of reading with children, Wiles has a publication, Emergent Literacy: Helping Young Children’s Development Through Reading, which is available through county and district Extension offices as well as the KSRE Bookstore: www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






CHRIS WALKEREMPORIA GAZETTEAs reading habits, media choices and news options change, how do small town newspapers keep up with the changes? Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has a glimpse into one Kansas newspaper that is both rooting down, and branching out.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






CORN SILAGE PLANNINGIt’s still late winter, but this is a good time for dairy producers to be thinking about their corn silage planting plans, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook).  Specifically, he advises producers to consider their ability to harvest silage in a timely fashion, and how their hybrid selection and planting dates factor into that.

Q...(theme music)







RAPTORS AND PASTURE BURNINGPrescribed pasture burning is a routine management practice across the grasslands of the central plains.  Up until recently, there had been no study of the activity of common birds of prey before, during and after a prescribed burn.  Just such a study was conducted in Oklahoma, and revealed some interesting numbers, which K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee covers this week.

Q...(theme music)






CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMSThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service has selected Kansas State University to direct the Center for Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs. The research resulting from this partnership will help improve food safety in all of the USDA’s child nutrition programs – which serve billion of meals to children each year.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guests: Kevin Roberts, associate professor of hospitality management and Kevin Sauer, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics, and health, both at Kansas State University.







GARDEN SOIL TESTINGBefore the gardening season sneaks upon us, you home gardeners might consider having your soil tested for nutrient content…especially if you haven’t done so for a number of years.  Local Extension offices can provide advice on soil sampling and will submit those samples to Kansas State University for analysis.  This week, Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton explains what a soil test will—and won’t—tell a gardener about their soil productivity.

Q...(theme music)






READING WITH CHILDRENReading with a young child can boost their school readiness, help them become better readers and increase their vocabulary. In addition, books with diverse characters help them learn about the world. March is National Reading Awareness Month and K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles encourages adults to spend at least 15 minutes each day reading with, not to, young children.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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CLIMATE IMPACTS FOREST LANDResearch shows climate has an impact on forest land. K-State forester Bob Atchison discusses some of the impacts heat and drought have caused and how the Kansas Forest Service has the tools to help farmers and ranchers protect and manage their woodlands and shelterbelts.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



THUNDER IN THE MIXThunder isn’t just for rain storms – it can sometimes be heard mixed in with other forms of precipitation. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) has more.

Q...Research and Extension.



GREAT STORM OF 1900K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the biggest, coldest winter storms in history – a storm that hit at least a third of the United States.

Q...Research and Extension.



LIONS AND LAMBSK-State climatologist Mary Knapp explores the history and science behind one of the more familiar weather adages.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



NOTE: The Wheat Scoop is not available this week. A number of archived programs are available on the Wheat Scoop webpage: https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/radio-network/other/wheat-scoop.html