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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - October 6, 2017

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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.






CATTLE VACCINE DOSAGE    (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Healthy cattle herds are often more profitable and effective processing strategies can contribute to this. Whether an operation is working to improve this management aspect or looking to become increasingly profitable, accurate dosage of vaccine products used during processing is an important element to analyze. K-State beef veterinarian AJ Tarpoff (TAR-poff) relates weight variance in a herd to the topic.                 


                                             Track 2    (:24)    Q…in between animals.


Tarpoff references a study completed at the K-State Beef Stocker Unit, reinforcing the idea of proper dosage.


                                             Track 3   (:48)    Q...have been under-dosed.


Not only is under-dosing hazardous, but overdosing can also be negatively impacting an operation.


                                             Track 4   (:44)    Q...is an economic issue.


TAG:  That was K-State beef veterinarian AJ Tarpoff, encouraging cattle producers to be diligent when processing cattle and administering vaccines.



RETAIL BEEF DEMAND  (fully produced)     (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Supported by funding from the beef checkoff, K-State agricultural economists have developed an analysis for measuring the strength of domestic beef demand.  And they have updated their analysis to include the first six months of 2017, covering various categories of beef demand. K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is one of those involved with this project.   He shares his reflections of this latest report.                 


                                             Track 6    (:28)    Q…on to the system.


The report further breaks down trends by product.


                                             Track 7   (:37)    Q...the demand front.


For the benefit of the cattle industry, Tonsor hopes the trend continues. He next explains regional differences in beef demand from the report.


                                             Track 8   (:52)    Q...and feeder cattle.


TAG:  That was K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor commenting on the ongoing improvement in domestic beef demand.  More information about this retail beef demand analysis can be found at beefboard.org.



EFFECTIVE VACCINE ADMINISTRATION  (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.







Aside from proper dosage, there are a multitude of other factors that influence the efficacy of cattle vaccines. Veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek (HANZ-el-check) of K-State speaks on a host of considerations that can bridge the gap between producers’ expectations of a vaccine and its performance.                


                                             Track 10    (:32)    Q…recommend to producers.


Keeping vaccines out of ultraviolet light protects the active agents in it. Secondly, storage temperature plays a large role in maintaining a vaccine’s quality.


                                             Track 11   (:48)    Q...the proper temperature.


Hanzlicek encourages producers to pay attention to the expiration dates on products, in addition to some outside influences on an animal’s health which are in the control of producers.


                                             Track 12   (:40)    Q...the vaccine program.


TAG:  That was K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek on effective practices for managing cattle vaccine programs.




PRECISION TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION      (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Precision cropping technology has truly mushroomed over the past 25 years or so.  One K-State agricultural economist was interested in how quickly producers tend to adopt that technology as it comes along.  By way of a survey of Kansas Farm Management Association members, Terry Griffin collected information on farmer adoption of new cropping technology.  He explains the intent of this study.      


                                             Track 14    (:43)    Q…when they could have.


And he evaluated 10 different technologies in this analysis, lumping them into two categories:  embodied-knowledge technologies and information-intensive technologies.


                                             Track 15   (:28)    Q...as information-intensive.


Griffin discovered that farmers have generally been more prone to adopt the automated technologies quicker than the more information-intensive devices and systems.  And he thinks that is getting the attention of technology providers.


                                             Track 16   (:44)    Q...adoption in that arena.


TAG:  That’s K-State precision agricultural economist Terry Griffin.  This analysis, “How Long Does It Typically Take Before Farmers Adopt New Technologies”, can now be found at www.agmanager.info



WHEAT DISEASE OUTLOOK     (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Officially, 17 percent of the Kansas winter wheat crop was lost to disease in 2017, which is well above the historical average.    Now, with the 2018 crop going into the ground, what are the prospects for another big wheat disease year?  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf says that, because plant diseases are driven largely by weather, nothing can be said for certain about the wheat disease threat ahead.  However, there are some early indicators.           


                                             Track 18    (:27)    Q…of the disease problems.


The most costly wheat disease in Kansas this past season was stripe rust.  And DeWolf says that recent weather conditions may well favor another round of this pathogen next spring.


                                             Track 19   (:40)    Q...stripe rust next season.


As for the number-two wheat disease in 2017, here’s DeWolf’s early read on its possible return.


                                             Track 20   (:45)    Q...newly-emerging wheat crop.


TAG:  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf.  Growers can consult their local Extension agricultural agents for the latest updates from the university on 2018 winter wheat disease potential.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






A FOOD AND PARTY MARATHON–  The Christmas displays that are already set up in major retail outlets are a sure sign that the holiday season – and all the food that goes along with it – can’t be too far off. K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences specialist Sharolyn (shair-eh-lehn) Jackson says Halloween marks the beginning of what some refer to as a “food and party marathon” – a marathon that doesn’t end until after the Super Bowl. While many people gain a pound or two, some will gain five or more pounds. According to Jackson, those added pounds are often still there when the next holiday season rolls around.

Q...holidays have past.




NAVIGATING THROUGH A BUFFET– One of the biggest challenges party-goers face is navigating the buffet line without taking more food than they can possibly eat. Because it’s easy for our eyes to be bigger than our stomach, Jackson recommends using a smaller platehen a producer or manufacturer brings a product to market, those products have certain characteristics. Kiss (Kish) says those producers and manufacturers have to keep in mind that when consumers make a decision to purchase a product, they’re looking for a certain set of characteristics. 

Q...just a good plan.





STOP AT THE ENJOYMENT CURVE– We’ve all heard someone complain about being so stuffed that they can’t eat another bite or they’ll get sick. Jackson says those people have gone beyond the enjoyment curve. 

Q...to not overdo it.




USING DISCRETIONARY CALORIES–  As we make food choices throughout the day, Jackson says there are discretionary calories that have been built into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendations.

Q...during the holidays.




KEY COMPONENTS TO GOOD HEALTH–  Jackson says getting adequate rest, planning meals, and exercising are all key components to good healths.

Q...in good health.

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




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






KATHY YOUNGQUISTFARMERS MARKETS OF KAW VALLEY–  It’s often said there’s strength in numbers.  Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of a Kansas volunteer and organizer that helped several adjacent farmers markets join forces to promote their produce and shopping opportunities.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






MANAGING AGAINST MASTITIS–  As fall is now here to stay, dairy producers should take another look at the somatic cell counts in their herd production for indications of mastitis problems.  If those exist, there are a couple of management considerations to review, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook).  The first thing, he says, is to know what is at the root of the mastitis issue.

Q...(theme music)







RODENT REPELLANT STUDY–  Farmers and homeowners have long sought a repellant product that is truly effective against mice, rats, voles, rabbits and other critters that can cause damage.  Researchers may have discovered just such a compound, which has been used as a bird repellent for years.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on the findings of that study this week.

Q...(theme music)






ENDING RAPE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES According to numbers compiled by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, women on college campuses between the ages of 18 and 24 are at an elevated risk of sexual violence. In fact, the organization says they are at three times the risk of women in general, and non-college women of the same age are at four times the risk of women in general of confronting sexual violence. However, many of these college-age women do not report the violence to police or campus authorities.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest:  Keith Edwards, speaker, educator and leadership coach.







PLANTING SPRING BULBS– The time is here for homeowners to spice up their landscapes with spring-flowering bulb plantings.  These can provide a cascade of color during the spring and early summer, and at times, beyond, if one makes good bulb selections. This week, Riley County Research and Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about shopping for bulbs and establishing them in the landscape setting in the fall.

Q...(theme music)






THE FOOD AND PARTY MARATHON– The Christmas displays that are already set up in major retail outlets are a sure sign that the holiday season – and all the food that goes along with it – can’t be too far off. K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences specialist Sharolyn Jackson says Halloween marks the beginning of what some refer to as a food and party marathon – a marathon that won’t end until after the Super Bowl. She says eating in moderation, being physically active and identifying the things you struggle with during the extended holiday season will help you maintain your current weight.

Q...K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



USING A FOREST CONTRACTOR–  Managing one’s tree resources can be a daunting task for some landowners.  In those cases, employing a professional forest contractor may be a wise investment, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison.  This week, he explains how the services of such a contractor can be beneficial, and tells how to find one in your area.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



HISTORIC FIRES In October of 1871, four major forest fires burned through parts of the Upper Midwest — but most people only know about one of them. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) tells us about the others.

Q...Research and Extension.



FAIR SKIES When meteorologists look at clouds in the sky, they look at more than just the quantity, or amount. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.

Q...Research and Extension.



HURRICANE HISTORY Detailed recordkeeping of hurricanes didn’t begin until the 20th century. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about one particularly violent storm from the 19th century.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



CROP INSURANCE TESTIMONY A wheat industry leader from northwest Kansas has offered his response to proposals put forth at a recent farm policy summit that he says would be greatly detrimental to Kansas wheat farmers and crop producers in general.  Marsha Boswell has the details on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.