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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - October 20, 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.






COVER CROPS FIELD DAY   (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






(NOTE:  This is dated material….do not air after Thursday, November 2nd)


K-State will host a field day centered around cover crops on November 3rd. One of the specialists coordinating the free event is K-State agronomist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz (DOOR-i-var roo-EASE dee-as). He previews the event, starting with a long-term cover crop rotation study that will be shared with producers and agronomists who attend.        


                                             Track 2    (:41)    Q…going on there.


Other specialists will present on topics like soil fertility and water quality.


                                             Track 3   (:50)    Q...quality in general.


One timely issue that will also be discussed at the field day is the role of cover crops in weed control.


                                             Track 4   (:17)    Q...look at there.


TAG:  That was K-State agronomist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz. There will also be presentations about the use of cover crops with soybean rotations at the November 3rd field day, which will be held near Manhattan at the Ashland Bottoms Research Farm. For more information, visit the Department of Agronomy’s website agronomy.k-state.edu.



FORAGE INSURANCE OPPORTUNITY   (fully produced)     (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Crop insurance has been on the market for some time. Conversely, while coverage for pasture, rangeland and forage production was first piloted in Kansas almost ten years ago, it has not been as widely adopted as crop insurance. K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer (VAN-da-veer) explains the general parameters of the insurance coverage.              


                                             Track 6    (:33)    Q…70 percent of normal.


The insurance, which Vandeveer says should be an advantageous long-term investment, is adjusted based on average rainfall.

                                             Track 7   (:34)    Q... that weighted average.


Producers have flexibility to customize their coverage.


                                             Track 8   (:47)    Q... producers out there.


TAG:  That was K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer discussing pasture, rangeland and forage insurance options. For more information and to access a decision making tool, visit agmanager.info.



USDA PAYMENT REALITIES     (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.







A K-State agricultural economist is taking issue with how some are negatively portraying USDA crop program payments.  He says that critics of the program aren’t telling the whole story of the actual payments farmers receive from their participation.  Risk management specialist Art Barnaby talks about a recent commentary that paints USDA payments in a less-than-favorable light.  


                                             Track 10    (:30)    Q…at the farm level.


Barnaby and colleagues have just posted their extensive in-depth analysis of A-R-C program payments, on a county-by-county basis, on the agmanager.info web site.  He says the numbers show that farmers are not reaping any sort of windfall from the program.


                                             Track 11   (:23)    Q...out of the three years.


Furthermore, says Barnaby, the figures being cited by critics aren’t accounting for what producers actually are receiving from the USDA programs.


                                             Track 12   (:56)    Q…your checking account.


TAG:  K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby, remarking on what he calls the misinformation being circulated by opponents of the current USDA crop payment programs. 



COW RATION SOFTWARE     (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




COW RATION SOFTWARE   (soundbites)


Herd feeding efficiency is always a critical component in cow-calf management, and especially so when the economic returns are a little tight.  That’s why a K-State beef systems specialist is inviting producers to use a special software service facilitated by local Extension offices to evaluate their cow feeding programs.  Justin Waggoner is promoting the use of the BRANDS program to cow-calf producers.         


                                             Track 14    (:51)    Q…scenarios for a producer.


Waggoner explains how the software works, as producers would plug their own information in to generate a ration evaluation along with recommendations for adjusting the ration.



                                             Track 15   (:42)    Q...those requirements.


This software has proven so useful that K-State invested in it a few years ago to make it available to producers locally.


                                             Track 16   (:26)    Q...nutrient requirements.


TAG:  That’s K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner.  Ask your local Extension agricultural agent about accessing the Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software, or BRANDS, program.



4-H HALL-OF-FAMER     (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



 4-H HALL-OF-FAMER   (soundbites)


Recently, 17 individuals were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame, in ceremonies at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C.  Among them, a Kansan whose 4-H experiences prepared him for a prominent career in international agribusiness.  Jim Bassett was raised in northeast Kansas.  He reflects on how 4-H set him up for success in life.  


                                             Track 18    (:41)    Q…in the 4-H program.


Even though his career as an executive with Cargill took him abroad frequently over 30 years, Bassett always reconnected with the 4-H program when he returned home.


                                             Track 19   (:21)    Q...what 4-H is all about.


In retirement, Bassett continues to champion 4-H in Kansas, particularly when it comes to promoting adult volunteerism in support of the program.


                                             Track 20   (:55)    Q...our youth in Kansas.


TAG:  Jim Bassett, of Dover, Kansas, who is a member of the 2017 class recently inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






ENGAGING THOSE LIVING IN POVERTYAccording to numbers from the State of Kansas report, over 18% of Kansas kids live in poverty – that’s an increase of 24% over the last 10 years. Kansas State University associate professor and Extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, Elaine Johannes, (joh-han-us) is conducting research designed to engage impoverished families in a community conversation.

Q...learn from that.




WHAT IS THE RESEARCH SHOWING?The research – still in its early stages – does shed some light on how families living in poverty are coping with everyday life. Johannes says parents who are struggling financially are doing the best they can to put food on the table, to persevere, and to protect their children – often providing too much protection.

Q...don’t talk about it.





PARENTS NEED TO “KEEP IT REAL”The research, being conducted in Manhattan, McPherson, Wichita and Ottawa, is focused primarily on families living in poverty who have teenagers in the household. Johannes says it’s important for parents who are struggling financially, but still persevering, to show that resiliency and to open up to their teens about what they’re learning.

Q...having a tough time.




THE NEXT PHASE OF THE PROJECTWhile some preliminary findings have been made, Johannes says the next phase of the project continues to ask families living in poverty to share their experiences.

Q...but we continue.

Tag: Another phase of the project is to equip community partners with the necessary resources Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension have to assist those in poverty, along with collaborating with community partners to respond directly to the issues that impact families in poverty. 




GOAL IS TO INCREASE RESILIENCYJohannes says the research will not only be used to create materials and curriculum, it will create an opportunity for the middle and upper class to better understand poverty and their role in bringing about the resilience that families who are poor have.

Q...our study is about.

Tag: Johannes, who is conducting the research project with Gregory Paul, an associate professor in the K-State Department of Communication Studies, says K-State Research and Extension will play a key role in presenting the materials and curriculum in their local communities.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






MATTHEW CRUBEL– VIDEOGRAPHERThe distance between hunting photography and wedding videos is shorter than you might think. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of one Kansas photographer who closed that distance in a few years.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






PREDICTING SILAGE DIGESTIONBefore feeding newly-harvested silage to the dairy herd this fall and winter, producers would be well advised to have that silage evaluated for its digestibility potential.  That includes analyzing both the starch and fiber content, and this week K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) outlines some targets to be shooting for in that silage analysis.

Q...(theme music)







LARGE WOODPECKER ACTIVITYThough it’s found only in the more established wooded areas in Kansas, the pileated woodpecker plays an important role in the state’s woodlands ecosystem.  So says K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, who talks about this unusually large woodpecker and what it does to promote other wildlife species as it pecks on trees for food.

Q...(theme music)






THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMORMost of us at some point in life try our hand at humor. And I think we have often done so without realizing just how important humor really is. One professor, author and radio personality says humor and the laughter it elicits is a natural reaction to the breakdown of rationality and reason – and it is a sign of hope when are faced with life’s pain.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Al Gini, a professor at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University, a Chicago radio personality, and author of several books.







MOVING HOUSEPLANTS INDOORSWe’re at that point in the fall when homeowners should be thinking about moving their container grown flowers and ornamental plants indoors for the remainder of the fall and winter.  There are a few simple considerations to making that transition go smoothly for those plants, and those are covered this week by Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton.

Q...(theme music)






ENGAGING THOSE LIVING IN POVERTYThe number of Kansas kids living in poverty is continuing to climb while funding for safety net programs continues to decline. As a result, many Kansas families are stressed and struggling with day-to-day life. Meanwhile, two Kansas State University researchers are using a grant to engage impoverished families in community conversation to learn more about the role of social capital in Kansas families living in poverty. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes discusses the research project and the role Extension can play in helping families in need.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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CONTROLLING BUSH HONEYSUCKLEIt may seem innocent enough as it grows in wooded areas, but bush honeysuckle is considered an invasive species that can overrun woodlands and riparian areas.  Forestry experts strongly recommend that landowners take measures to control bush honeysuckle.  K-State forester Charlie Barden talks more about the nature of this undesirable species and what to do to knock it back.

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 ICEFifteen years ago, parts of Kansas were coated in an icy surprise. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) has the story.

Q...Research and Extension.



A DEVASTATING BLIZZARDToday marks the 20th anniversary of one of the worst blizzards in Kansas history. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp takes a look back.

Q...Research and Extension.



INDIAN SUMMERThe weather you wish you had during the summer sometimes doesn’t show up until autumn.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about a popular weather term that just might be on the tip of your tongue.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



FOOD AID ENDORSEMENTRepresentatives of the wheat industry were swift to respond to recent opinions being expressed in Washington, D.C. that cast a shadow on in-kind food aid programs.  Their message was that such programs are very much in the interest of wheat producers nationwide.  Jordan Hildebrand has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...this is Jordan Hildebrand.