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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - November 3, 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.






BEEF DEMAND STORY    (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




BEEF DEMAND STORY (soundbites)


Beef demand has shown strong trends lately -- an optimistic sign for cattle producers. That demand can be analyzed by several measures. K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor (TAUN-sor) uses beef in cold storage as an example, demonstrating how pounds of beef flowing in from production and out to the marketplace indicates positive demand.              


                                             Track 2    (:54)    Q…supply growth we’ve had.


With this year’s holiday season, beef producers and market analysts are curious what role beef will play on the dinner tables of consumers, especially in comparison to protein sources such as pork and poultry.


                                             Track 3   (:26)    Q...aren’t quite as strong.


Tonsor explains that retailers may view beef as a more appealing option this year, due to increased availability.


                                             Track 4   (:30)    Q...demand was weaker.


TAG:  That was K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor. For resources related to beef demand and cattle marketing, visit agmanager.info.



COVER CROP STUDY (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




COVER CROP STUDY  (soundbites)


At a recent field day hosted by Kansas State University near Manhattan, a K-State cropping systems agronomist reported on a 10-year study of cover crops, mixed into a no-till wheat-sorghum-soybean rotation.  His findings suggest that this lineup of cover crops provides assorted benefits to the producer.  Kraig Roozeboom (ROSE-eh-BOME) outlines the details of this long-term study.                  


                                             Track 6    (:41)    Q…after wheat harvest.


As for the cover crop choices for planting in the fall after that year’s cash crop, Roozeboom told of the options that seemed to work well in this system.


                                             Track 7   (:38)    Q...the next spring.


And for the fall-planted legume cover crop, Roozeboom started out with a specific crop early in this 10-year trial, but because of its struggles, went another direction.


                                             Track 8   (:28)    Q...a nice fit for us.


TAG:  K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom on this long-term cover crop field research that he recently discussed at the K-State Cover Crops Field Day.  Further details on this work can be found at www.agronomy.ksu.edu



COVER CROP IMPACT    (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





COVER CROP IMPACT  (soundbites)


Cover crops as part of a conventional crop rotation have garnered a good amount of attention of late.  Some are interested in their soil-building capacity, others in their erosion-control value.  A recent 10-year K-State cover crop study was more interested in the impact on cash crop productivity itself.  K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom (ROSE-eh-BOME) outlines the orientation of this study, which assessed several cover crop types as part of a no-till wheat-sorghum-soybean crop rotation.  The cover crops studied included legumes like double-crop soybeans and clover and non-legumes such as sorghum-sudan hybrids and radishes.


                                             Track 10    (:33)    Q…carry over that far.


One of the variables that producers wonder about is the impact of cover crop use on soil moisture availability to the cash crop.  That was accounted for in this study.


                                             Track 11   (:43)    Q...hadn’t seen a cover crop.


Although the data from this research is extensive, the general conclusion is that these cover crops can serve a positive purpose in this kind of crop rotation, according to Roozeboom.


                                             Track 12   (:32)    Q...need in that rotation.


TAG:  K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom, whose complete results from this 10-year cover crops study can be reviewed at www.agronomy.ksu.edu.



IDENTIFYING DAMAGED WHEAT    (fully produced)           (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Recent cold temperatures put newly-planted wheat at risk for damage. As farmers keep a close watch on their fields, K-State wheat specialist Romulo Lollato (ROM-ah-low LOW-la-toe) provides several recommendations. He emphasizes analyzing wheat with its planting conditions in mind. Particular variables related to field condition, planting management and timing make damage more likely to occur.                 


                                             Track 14    (1:04)    Q… dry soils as well.


Having some warmer days would help with evaluating the situation.


                                             Track 15   (:21)    Q... seed-soil contact.


Lollato shares more scouting reminders for the days ahead.


                                             Track 16   (:33)    Q... alive and well.


TAG:  That was K-State wheat specialist Romulo Lollato reminding producers what to watch for when scouting their wheat fields for damage due to cold conditions.



COVERING CORN COSTS      (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



COVERING CORN COSTS   (soundbites)


K-State agricultural economists have just posted their initial calculations on expected returns to crop production in 2018, based on current grain price and production cost projections.  They’ve done this for each region of Kansas, and the numbers give producers an idea of the likely profitability, or lack thereof, from their cropping enterprises next year.  K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien further explains the nature of this analysis.             


                                             Track 18    (:38)    Q…overhead costs beyond that.


Here, O’Brien shares a few examples on the expected economic returns to Kansas corn production ahead.


                                             Track 19   (:47)    Q...for family living.


For irrigated corn, the profit margin is anticipated to be equally tight in 2018.


                                             Track 20   (:31)    Q...make that thing go.


TAG:  K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien.  The complete new budget analysis for corn as well as for grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat is now available for growers to consider at www.agmanager.info



The 5 features below are sound bites only






EXPLORING “SHICK” OPTIONSMore than two dozen K-State Research and Extension agents at county and district offices are trained and ready to help senior citizens explore all the options available to them through their Medicare plans. Through a statewide program known as SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, trained extension agents can help older adults make better choices. K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging agent for Sedgwick County and a trained SHICK counselor, Teresa Hatfield, says this assistance is especially helpful when it comes to prescription drug plans, better known as Medicare Part D.

Q...with that, with Medicare.

Tag: SHICK counseling sessions are free, and confidential, in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA.




WHO SHICK HELPSSHICK counselors are ready to assist Medicare recipients with questions and concerns about their Medicare issues, especially during the open enrollment period that runs through December 7th.  Hatfield says Medicare recipients and/or their spouses are eligible, but other family members can also attend.

Q...right choice, for them.

Tag: Hatfield stresses that SHICK exists to answer questions about Medicare, not the Affordable Care Act, which is also running an open enrollment period during the month of November. Assistance with the Affordable Care Act is offered under a completely different program.





GATHER THE INFORMATIONBefore you attend your SHICK counseling session, it’s a good idea to organize some paperwork for your meeting. In addition to the things you might expect to bring, Hatfield says you should be looking for something particular that you should have received in the mail.

Q...to talk about that.

Tag: Hatfield adds that a list of your medications is also a good idea to bring to your counseling session. Be sure to include the name of the medication, the dosage of each pill (usually in milligrams), and how much of each medication you take each day.




ONE-STOP SHOPPINGSHICK counselors can meet with you and/or your spouse to help answer questions and concerns about Medicare. Susie Latta (LAH-tah), a family and consumer sciences agent with K-State Research and Extension’s Marshall County office, as well as a trained SHICK counselor, says she and other agents who wear both hats can also offer assistance with a wide variety of other things.

Q...are just endless.




YOUR CHANCE TO SAVEEven if the current prescription drug plan you have is offered as part of a private or state pension plan, there still may be opportunities for improvement – but only if you ask. Latta says she’s helped people save a lot of money.

Q...to December 7th.


Tag: To find your nearest SHICK counselor, call 800-860-5260 or visit the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ SHICK website and click on Locating Help.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






NATE FREITAGFREE DAY POPCORNSome men take over the family business from their dad, or their father. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story about a Kansas farmer who took things over from his “Pop”… and now his crop is popping up in all sorts of places.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






MILKING HERD LIGHTINGExposure to light positively impacts dairy cow milk productivity…research has confirmed that multiple times.  So, as the days get shorter at year’s end, dairy producers should re-examine the lighting systems in their herd facilities, to assure they’re up to the task.  So advises K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook), who goes one further by recommending that producers consider turning to L-E-D lighting for this purpose.

Q...(theme music)







COUNTING HOWLING COYOTESCollecting information on local coyote populations is important to quite a few people, including livestock producers.  Often, people will go by the nighttime howling of coyotes to get an idea of how many are around.  A recent study out of Texas indicated that coyote “vocalization” may not render the most accurate count, as discussed this week by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.

Q...(theme music)






SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVESImmigration and its implications is just one the areas of focus for an expert who works around the globe in international development. She has taken these and other concerns from the field, to the classroom, to her own consulting firm. On todays’ Perspective program a look at immigration, peace, gender equity, fair trade, and sustainable development – and the impact they all have.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Summer Lewis, an international development consultant and educator, with more than 15 years of academic and professional experience.







INDOOR AND OUTDOOR BUGSThough fall is steadily transitioning into winter, a few landscape insect considerations remain.  Those include insects now entering homes for winter shelter, and insects on fruit trees that can be controlled with a dormant oil application at this time of the year.  This week, K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd takes up both those topics.

Q...(theme music)






EXPLORING “SHICK” OPTIONSMore than two dozen K-State Research and Extension agents at county and district offices are trained and ready to help senior citizens explore all the options available to them through their Medicare plans. Through a statewide program known as SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, trained Extension agents can help older adults make better choices. K-State Radio Network’s Randall Kowalik talks with two SHICK trained Extension agents about the program, how they can help people select the best plan, and, hopefully, save them money.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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FIREWOOD AND TREE MANAGEMENTHarvesting firewood can be a productive experience in several ways.  But one thing that most don’t realize is that cutting the right trees for firewood can actually enhance the overall tree resources on a property.  K-State forester Bob Atchison speaks to 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



WHAT IS A NOR’EASTER?Although they can occur anytime, October to March is typically the strongest season for nor’easters. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains the characteristics of a nor’easter.

Q...Research and Extension.



THE FIRST STORM WARNINGHave you ever wondered when the very first storm warning was issued in the United States? According to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp, it was issued by a professor working for the U.S. Signal Corps – almost 150 years ago.

Q...Research and Extension.



A DRAMATIC COLD WAVEWhen Arctic air plunges into the Central Plains, especially in the fall, Kansas can experience a dramatic change in temperature. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says southeastern Kansas was hit by a “Blue Norther” in 1911 that caused the temperature to plunge 50 degrees in just one hour.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



LINING UP RESEARCHKansas wheat farmers invest in important wheat-related research each year, via their wheat levy funds administered by the Kansas Wheat Commission.  The commission will soon be taking applications from researchers to fund their wheat improvement and utilization projects.  Marsha Boswell talks more about this process on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.