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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - October 27, 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.






ANIMAL DISEASE PREPAREDNESS   (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at K-State recently held training sessions for communities in Kansas, increasing awareness of how to respond to animal disease outbreaks. The programming targeted more than just agriculture professionals, branching out to first responders, veterinarians and local agencies. The center’s director, Ken Burton, explains the rippling effect of an outbreak and how education can be impactful.


                                             Track 2    (:41)    Q…might come into play.


The sessions involve presentations, hands-on practice with equipment and discussions with other local participants.


                                             Track 3   (:44)    Q...students in and out.


Trainings like these help local responders communicate more effectively with state and federal officials should an emergency arise, says Burton.


                                             Track 4   (:28)    Q...time is pretty massive.


TAG:  That was director of the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at K-State, Ken Burton. 



ALFALFA WEEVIL TREATMENT   (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Alfalfa weevils are a perennial headache for growers.  This pest inflects enormous damage on alfalfa stands if not dealt with.  That’s why there’s such interest in a fall insecticide treatment against the weevil.  K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth has fielded loads of questions from producers about the effectiveness of alfalfa weevil spraying in late fall.      


                                             Track 6    (:21)    Q…spraying right now.


And, after all, alfalfa weevils remain active for quite some time, until colder weather settles in for good.  That leads growers to entertain the idea of a fall treatment.


                                             Track 7   (:27)    Q...problem in the spring.


However, says Whitworth, as sensible as it sounds, the grower doesn’t gain much from spraying alfalfa weevils at this time of the year.


                                             Track 8   (1:07)    Q...causing economic damage.


TAG:  That’s why K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth recommends that producers put off insecticide applications against alfalfa weevils until the spring, saying that it simply makes more economic sense.



SOYBEAN NEMATODE TESTING     (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.







The very best time for testing soybean fields for the presence of cyst nematodes is right after harvest.  That’s the long-standing advice of a K-State row crop disease specialist, as he talks about taking measures to deal with this costly pest.  Doug Jardine (jar-DEEN) says that as a grower gets the results back from a nematode soil sample, the type of soil needs to be factored in.           


                                             Track 10    (:36)    Q…noticeable yield loss.


If the cyst nematode count is high enough to warrant a response, the grower then needs to think about management.  Strategic variety selection will help.


                                             Track 11   (:33)    Q...help to some extent.


However, there are new nematicide products now on the market.  Jardine says that producers should proceed with some caution with this control option.  He tells why.


                                             Track 12   (:46)    Q...it makes a difference.


TAG:  Consult your local Extension agricultural agent on soybean cyst nematode sampling methods and management.  That’s K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine.



CORN AND SOYBEAN PRICES     (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






In its October crop production report, the USDA projected this year’s corn yield average at 172 bushels per acre, and the soybean yield at 49 and a half bushels. Historically, how close are the USDA’s October yield forecasts to the actual final yield numbers?  A K-State grain market economist recently looked into that.  On the corn side, Dan O’Brien found that the USDA tends to overestimate the yield average.          


                                             Track 14    (1:02)    Q…for the corn market.


So if that tendency holds true, what does this mean for corn prices ahead?


                                             Track 15   (:29)    Q...to the positive side.


On the other hand, the USDA’s October estimation of soybean yields is usually short of final production.


                                             Track 16   (:20)    Q...20, 30, 40 cents.


TAG:  K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien.  His weekly observations on the grain price trends and the factors influencing them can be found at www.agmanager.info.



BENEFITS OF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH      (fully produced)        (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





While countries like India, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Haiti occupy land thousands of miles away from the Midwest, some of their agricultural setbacks hold similarities to ours. International research being conducted by K-State faculty is mutually beneficial as they work toward improving crops for drought and pest resistance, among other issues. K-State agricultural economist Tim Dalton is the director of the Feed the Future Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet ­– one of four such labs at K-State.


                                             Track 18    (:51)    Q…of common interest.


Dalton connects what benefits western Kansas farmers experience from international wheat research.


                                             Track 19   (:29)    Q...of these populations.


Projects linked with Dalton’s focus area of sorghum and millet also pay back farmers with knowledge about pests such as the sugarcane aphid.


                                             Track 20   (:27)    Q...something in return.


TAG:  That was K-State agricultural economist and director of the Feed the Future Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, Tim Dalton.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






THE WINTER WEATHER OUTLOOKForecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center have released the U.S. winter outlook with La Nina potentially emerging as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. According to NOAA’s outlook, La Nina has a 55-65% chance of developing before winter sets in. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) says a La Nina, which hasn’t actually been established yet, has more implications for Kansas in the fall than in the winter.

Q...cooler than normal.




STRONGER SIGNALS ELSEWHEREWhile the La Nina signals aren’t particularly strong in Kansas, Knapp says that’s not the case in other parts of the U.S.

Q...have a wet winter.





MAKING A WINTER SURVIVAL KITKnapp says winterizing our vehicles and making a winter survival kit to keep in our vehicles is something we should do now – before the first snow storm hits.

Q...to look for you.

Tag: Other recommended items for a winter survival kit include: a windshield scraper and small broom, booster cables, emergency flares and reflectors, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, necessary medications, a cell phone adapter to plug into the lighter or a portable power pack, and food, such as energy bars, raisins and mini candy bars. It’s also important to have water in the vehicle. However, Knapp recommends taking water with you rather than leaving it in the vehicle’s survival kit where it could possibly freeze.




WINTER WEATHER TERMS TO KNOWWhen conditions warrant, Knapp says the National Weather Service will issue winter weather advisories, watches and warnings.

Q...is extremely low.




EXERCISING CAUTION ON ICY ROADSWhile driving on snow-packed roads can be difficult, Knapp says ice – especially “black ice” – is far more dangerous.

Q...for those conditions.

Tag: When traveling out of town, Knapp suggests checking the road conditions for the entire route before leaving and then periodically checking the conditions along the way. More winter weather safety information can be found at: weather.gov.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






MARCI PENNERGUIDEBOOK 2When it comes to Hollywood movies, most sequels pale in comparison to the movies that preceded them — but there are exceptions to the rule. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about a “sequel” to a Kansas book that has long been a favorite of explorers and day trippers.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






ASH IN FORAGESAs dairy producers have their silage and alfalfa analyzed for nutritional content, they should take note of something that usually goes overlooked:  the ash content of that forage.  That tends to go up when dirt finds its way into the harvested forage.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) explains why that can be of concern, advising producers to figure out why the ash levels in their forages is higher than it should be.

Q...(theme music)







PREVENTING WOODPECKER DAMAGECommon woodpeckers can occasionally inflict damage to the exterior of homes…even those not featuring wood siding.  There are actually a couple of reasons why woodpeckers drill into home siding, as covered this week by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  He offers some options for discouraging them from doing so.

Q...(theme music)






THE NEED FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONMaybe it’s time to overhaul the U.S. Constitution – at least that’s the view of one legal scholar. He says we are used to falling back on the Constitution to save us, and find it disturbing when it fails to do that. But what if, instead of a panacea, the Constitution itself is the root of many of our problems.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Sanford Levinson, an American legal scholar, a professor of law at the University of Texas Law School, and a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.







LATE VEGETABLE STORAGENow that the first widespread hard freeze of the fall has occurred, home gardeners have hopefully harvested the last of the warm-season vegetables.  This week, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about storing the last tomatoes and peppers of the growing season, and he comments on how much cold weather the cool-loving vegetable crops can still endure before needing to be harvested.

Q...(theme music)






WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPSForecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center have released the U.S. winter outlook with La Nina potentially emerging as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. According to NOAA’s outlook, La Nina has a 55-65% chance of developing before winter sets in. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) talks about the effects of a La Nina and how it could impact Kansas. She also passes along a number of winter weather safety tips.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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APPRECIATING RIPARIAN AREASThat transition zone between upland areas and rivers and streams is what foresters call the riparian area.  And there are scores of good reasons for conserving and protecting riparian areas, as a K-State forester points out this week.  Jarren Tindle is asking all landowners to give due consideration to the critical role of riparian areas in the ecosystem.

Q…(theme music)



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Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



A FATAL STORMSometimes,weather can be downright deadly! K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) looks back at one late-October event that resulted in death.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEN THE NORTH WIND BLOWSAn old nursery rhyme states, “North wind doth blow and we shall have snow.” K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that can be true — some of the time.

Q...Research and Extension.



WIND CHILLFor all mammals that live on land, the wind can affect how quickly we lose body heat. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has more.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



DRONES AND WHEAT RESEARCHWheat improvement efforts by Kansas State University span far beyond Kansas’ borders.  K-State researchers continue to seek advanced wheat genetics abroad, and are employing aerial technology in the process.  Jordan Hildebrand has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...this is Jordan Hildebrand.





PRESIDENT’S CORNER (Featuring Richard Myers, KSU President)



IMPACTS OF LOW ENROLLMENTWhen the numbers for this fall’s enrollment were finalized, Kansas State University found itself in a financial bind. But the university’s president, Richard Myers, says the school can and will deal with the situation. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.

Q...K-State Radio Network.