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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - October 13, 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.






TIMING CORN AND SOYBEAN HARVEST   (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






K-State agronomists have been studying dry down time for corn and soybean harvest, which is heavily influenced by environmental conditions like weather. Providing practical reminders for producers, K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti (IG-nah-CEE-oh CEE-am-PIT-tee) reviews what is known about drying rates for these crops. He first discusses the important role of the timing of cutting and how that normally reflects onto grain quality and the economics of harvest.                  


                                             Track 2    (:33)    Q…back to economics.


Although he uses a corn example, Ciampitti’s explanation of black layer development is similar to that of soybeans and its relation to dry-down rates.


                                             Track 3   (:35)    Q...take several days.


The main difference between corn and soybeans is that soybeans commonly dry down more quickly than corn, Ciampitti says.


                                             Track 4   (:43)    Q...time our harvest.


TAG:  That was K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti on harvest considerations connected to dry-down rates in corn and soybeans.



PLANTING WHEAT LATE  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Wet field conditions have kept many farmers from planting their winter wheat in the last few weeks.  The later that planting date is pushed back, the more one should consider making some adjustments.  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato (ROHM-ah-low low-LOT-toe) says that stand establishment becomes more challenging with a late planting.  So the first thing that growers should do is bump up the seeding rate from what they’d normally put in the ground.       


                                             Track 6    (:24)    Q…optimum planting date.


Additionally, late-seeded wheat stands will get a boost from a starter fertilizer application.  Lollato fully endorses that.


                                             Track 7   (:48)    Q...phosphorus with the seed.


And if one’s wheat seed isn’t already treated with a fungicide, Lollato strongly recommends applying such a treatment.


                                             Track 8   (:39)    Q...planting late as well.


TAG:  That’s wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato on measures that wheat growers can take to succeed with late-planted winter wheat.



WHEAT SEEDING CONSIDERATIONS  (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.







While dryland farmers welcome moisture when they can get it, the rain showers received lately pose a setback for wheat producers who have yet to plant the new crop. In fact, depending on an individual field’s location they may want to consider something else entirely, such as a cover crop, for that acreage. K-State agronomist Lucas Haag (HAYG) discusses thoughts he has related to this late-planting scenario.


                                             Track 10    (:51)    Q…ugly, dirty February days.


If the grower does choose to plant a cover crop instead of wheat, it would be wise to seed that cover crop at a higher-than-normal rate, according to Haag.


                                             Track 11   (:19)    Q...than we’re accustomed to.


Based on data collected at the K-State experiment station near Colby, Haag can gauge the yield loss potential from a late wheat planting.


                                             Track 12   (:44)    Q...neighborhood of 40 to 45.


TAG:  That was K-State agronomist Lucas Haag discussing considerations on late wheat planting and the option of substituting a cover crop.




AG CO-OPS ADJUSTING      (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




AG CO-OPS ADJUSTING   (soundbites)


October is National Cooperative Month, which recognizes the success of the cooperative business model. Agriculture is well steeped in that model, by way of local co-ops.  The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman (BRIG-eh-man), offers comments on the state of agricultural co-ops, saying that they are weathering the current economic difficulties in production agriculture.                    


                                             Track 14    (:46)    Q…equipped to manage them.


And how are local co-ops managing to successfully navigate the tight economic times right now?  Briggeman says it’s about operational efficiency and being innovative in farmer service.


                                             Track 15   (:37)    Q...that are out there today.


He cites some examples of how cooperatives are adding value to the services they provide.


                                             Track 16   (:34)    Q...for their farmer-owners.


TAG:  Agricultural economist Brian Briggeman of K-State, who oversees the university’s Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, on the present economic health of local agricultural co-ops.



MUSK THISTLE CONTROL     (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






It now can be found in pastures in every Kansas county…the noxious weed called musk thistle.  Left unchecked, it can take over sizeable chunks of pasture.  And K-State field trials confirm that it can be successfully controlled with a fall-time herbicide treatment.  K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick talks about why the fall is an ideal time to spray musk thistles.         


                                             Track 18    (:48)    Q…when we spray.


Several of the older herbicide compounds can still get the job done against musk thistle in the fall, according to Fick.

                                             Track 19   (:33)    Q...control in the fall.


And some of the newer products offer the added bonus of residual thistle control the following spring.


                                             Track 20   (:35)    Q...germinating in the spring.


TAG:  K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick there.  For full information on fall-applied herbicide performance against musk thistle, refer to the 2017 Chemical Weed Control Guide from K-State, found at www.agronomy.ksu.edu



The 5 features below are sound bites only






MILLIONS ARE FOOD INSECUREFood insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2015, an estimated one in eight Americans were food insecure – that’s 42 million Americans, including 13 million children. Food pantries, while playing a vital role in assisting those in need, often struggle to meet the growing demand and can’t always provide a variety of choices. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says those who are food insecure are not sure where their next meal is coming from.

Q...is coming from.




WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU WANT?Donations to local food pantries typically increase before Thanksgiving and remain strong through the end of the year. However, without sustained donations throughout the year, food pantries can’t adequately help those who are food insecure. When making food donations, Procter suggests we purchase the type of food we’d like to get if we were in that situation.

Q...in that situation.





FOLLOW MYPLATE GUIDELINESIf there’s a question about which foods to purchase and donate, Procter suggests following the USDA MyPlate recommendations to add more fruits, vegetables and grains – especially whole grains – to the diet, along with smaller portions of protein and dairy. It’s also important to buy food items that are shelf stable.

Q...in a healthy diet.




PURCHASE A VARIETY OF SIZESIn addition to following USDA’s MyPlate guidelines, Procter recommends purchasing food items in a variety of serving sizes – from the smaller individual servings to the larger family size packages.

Q...be most welcome.




OFTEN NEED LONG-TERM HELPBecause food recipients often need long-term assistance, Procter says it’s important that food items donated to local pantries be as healthy as possible.

Q...as we would hope.

Tag: If you’re looking for other ways to help your local food pantry, Procter suggests giving a cash donation or volunteering to stock shelves and fill boxes. 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






SCOTT GROVERRODEO ANNOUNCERRon Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development tells us about a native Kansan who has made a name for himself with the power of his voice and gift of speech — all while sitting atop a horse.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






WINTERIZING COW UDDERSFall is definitely here, and winter isn’t that far behind.  Dairy producers would be wise to start providing their herds protection from the colder conditions…and that includes protecting cow udders from the ill effects of the weather.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) points out this week why that’s important to maintaining milk production and quality.

Q...(theme music)







COYOTE REPRODUCTION STUDYA number of factors can influence the reproductive success of coyotes in the wild.  A new study set out to measure the impact of nutrition on coyote conception and litter size.  And as wildlife specialist Charlie Lee of K-State reports, this research shows that the availability of common prey like rodents may be only a secondary factor.

Q...(theme music)






FEEDING THE WORLDAn official with the World Wildlife Fund believes that if nothing is done differently we will need to produce as much food as we do today to meet the increased demand by 2050. He says food production has always been the biggest human impact on the planet, but going forward with more people, more per capita income, and increased per capita consumption, the impact will only increase.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Jason Clay, senior vice president for markets and food at the World Wildlife Fund.







FALL LAWN MANAGEMENT– Mid-October is a perfect time to carry out a handful of cool-season lawn maintenance steps, whether it’s newly-seeded grass or an established lawn.  This week, K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle goes over those things that homeowners can do now to help their lawns go into the winter in a healthy state, setting them up for a good start in the spring….including fertilization and broadleaf weed control.

Q...(theme music)






DONATING NUTRITIOUS FOODSFood insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2015, an estimated one in eight Americans were food insecure – that’s 42 million Americans, including 13 million children. In addition to federal nutrition programs, local food pantries assist people in putting food on the table. However, they often struggle to meet the demand and to provide a variety of food choices. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says that’s why it’s important that donations to local food pantries and community food drives are the same nutritious foods we purchase for our families.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



SELECTING QUALITY FIREWOODThe days are getting shorter and cooler, which serves as a reminder that one should start securing their firewood supply for the winter.  It helps to understand the heating value of the various wood species, and what constitutes quality firewood.  K-State forester Charlie Barden offers some simple guidelines on that this week.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



OCTOBER TORNADOESWhile most Kansas tornadoes occur in the spring, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) says the month of October has occasionally produced a twister or two.

Q...Research and Extension.



THAT BREATH OF AUTUMN K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains why you can see your own breath on some cold mornings, but not on others.

Q...Research and Extension.



OCTOBER METEORSThis weekend may offer a chance to see a meteor shower, if there are clear skies above you. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has the details.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WEIGHING IN ON TRADEWith the North America Free Trade Agreement currently under renegotiation, and other trade deals potentially in line for the same, wheat industry leaders are again urging U.S. trade representatives to refrain from harming agricultural trade interests.  Marsha Boswell has the latest input along that line on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.