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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - November 10, 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.






LIMITED PASTURE STRATEGIES    (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The central plains landscape is changing with pasture availability decreasing in some places. K-State and the University of Nebraska have been partnering to research how farm and ranch managers can adapt to this. They plan to host a series of three meetings this December 12th, 13th and 14th to discuss their findings. One of the researchers, K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney, talks about these variations of land use.


                                             Track 2     (:32)    Q…towards crop ground.


Some operators are adapting more quickly and in more creative ways than others, inspiring additional research.


                                             Track 3    (:21)    Q...have pasture ground.


Farney runs through some important points on cover crop utilization that she will present on at the meetings.


                                             Track 4   (1:00)    Q...as your supplement.


TAG:  That was K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney. For more information about how to attend any of the three December meetings, contact your local Extension office or visit www.ksubeef.org



COVER CROP RESEARCH  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




COVER CROP RESEARCH     (soundbites)


K-State agronomists are extensively evaluating the merits of cover crops as part of conventional crop rotations.  At a recent K-State cover crops field day, one of the researchers reported on his ongoing study of the effect of cover crops on water quality.  Nathan Nelson has been conducting field trials for 12 years on cover crop utilization to reduce field runoff into nearby surface waters.          


                                             Track 6    (1:01)    Q…phosphorus loss as well.


So far, his findings on phosphorus runoff control with cover crops have come up short of what they were hoping for, though he will be trying some new things.


                                             Track 7   (:41)    Q...that phosphorus loss.


But as for overall sediment runoff reduction, cover crops can be of significant benefit, according to Nelson’s research.


                                             Track 8   (:14)    Q...use the cover crops.


TAG:  On the impact of cover crops on water quality, that’s K-State agronomist Nathan Nelson.



WEATHER DATA SITE    (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





WEATHER DATA SITE   (soundbites)


As a rule, agricultural producers crave weather information, which is vital to their day-to-day management.  The Weather Data Library at K-State has developed a web site which over the course of the last few years has become a treasure trove of useful information for Kansas producers.  It’s called the Mesonet web site, and it’s managed by K-State assistant climate scientist Chip Redmond.         


                                             Track 10    (:40)    Q…daily data as well.


This real-time data site is very easy to navigate and utilize, as one would have interest in specific weather information and trends.


                                             Track 11   (:42)    Q...focus on certain things.


A prime example is a feature that Redmond and his colleagues introduced a couple of years ago…a page that producers can reference on freezing temperatures in the area…when they occur, and the duration of sub-freezing readings.


                                             Track 12   (:31)    Q...is there as well.


TAG:  The manager of the Mesonet weather data site at K-State, Chip Redmond. The site address is www.mesonet.ksu.edu.



THERMAL INVERSION DATA    (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






A weather phenomenon called thermal inversion can greatly contribute to pesticide drift.  It’s been brought up in the recent controversy over dicamba applications to soybeans.  The Weather Data Library at K-State has just unveiled a new tool for producers to use for evaluating the potential of a thermal inversion locally.  This is part of the Mesonet web site out of K-State, whose manager, Chip Redmond, further explains what thermal inversions are.          


                                             Track 14    (:36)    Q…in the atmosphere.


This tool tracks, in real time, the conditions that could potentially contribute to a thermal inversion.


                                             Track 15   (:48)    Q...to pick up again.


This information, says Redmond, is intended to give producers a heads-up on inversion conditions, but he stresses it is not a decision-making tool per se.


                                             Track 16   (:33)    Q...problems with drift, etc.


TAG:  That’s the manager of the Mesonet web site at K-State, Chip Redmond.  To access this new thermal inversion data from the Weather Data Library’s 58 weather stations around Kansas, go to www.mesonet.ksu.edu.



CATTLE FACILITIES PUBLICATION       (fully produced)        (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Cattle handling facilities, especially those frequently used, are critical to a well-run operation. In order to assist producers wanting to update or improve facilities, K-State Research and Extension recently published a booklet focused on incorporating a bud box into facility design. K-State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff (TAR-poff) assisted with putting the booklet together and explains the importance of a functional handling facility.                   


                                             Track 18    (:41)    Q…put up essentially.


Tarpoff also articulates why a bud box was chosen as a key element in designs.


                                             Track 19   (:38)    Q...towards the chute.


Besides improving cattle flow, there are other benefits to including a bud box in a system.


                                             Track 20   (:39)    Q...put them together.


TAG:  That was K-State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff. To access the new publication entitled “Designing a Bud Box for Cattle Handling,” visit bookstore.ksre.k-state.edu



The 5 features below are sound bites only






PROMOTING A CULTURE OF HEALTHResearch shows that those who take good care of themselves and make healthy lifestyle choices are healthier, happier, miss less work, and have lower healthcare costs. Health is one of K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges. The family and consumer sciences agent for the Walnut Creek Extension District is working with local health care and other professionals to create a culture of health for people in west central Kansas. Erin Petersilie (peter-sill-ee) says the health initiative is just starting to roll out nationally.

Q...that health option.




A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALTHBecause so many things can impact our health, Petersilie says they felt it was important to take a holistic approach to developing programs for their monthly wellness meetings.

Q...continue to age.





WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY WANTPetersilie says they also built programs around what the community wanted and what they could deliver.

Q...our community, as well.




GREATER VISIBILITY FOR EXTENSIONIn addition to being able to focus on a specific topic for 45 minutes over the lunch hour, Petersilie says those attending the meetings are exposed to other programs offered in the Walnut Creek Extension District.

Q...our own office.




THE NEXT BIG THING FOR EXTENSIONExtension’s roots go back to agricultural clubs and societies, which sprang up after the American Revolution in the early 1800s. The Smith Lever (lee-ver) Act formalized Extension in 1914 and established USDA’s partnership with land-grant universities, including Kansas State, to apply research and provide education in agriculture. Petersilie thinks the culture of health will be the next big thing for Extension.

Q...very successful. 

Tag: More information about health and wellness programs offered through K-State Research and Extension 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






NILUS ORTHATOM POPIt could be the hip, retro, Space Age kitchen appliance that has never really gone out of style. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of a Kansas entrepreneur whose product has survived the Microwave Revolution.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






MANAGING AGAINST KETOSISResearch has indicated that when excessive ketones accumulate in the body of dairy cows, their milk productivity can be significantly reduced.  Therefore, dairy producers need to manage their herd rations carefully to assure that ketosis doesn’t become a problem.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) speaks to that this week.

Q...(theme music)







HUMANS AND CARNIVORESA recent study of large carnivore attacks on humans in the United States over the past 60 years sheds some light on what instigates carnivore predation on people.  In nearly all cases, taking common-sense precautions would have averted these attacks, which often resulted in fatalities. K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on these findings.

Q...(theme music)






BLACK COWBOYS IN THE OLE WESTWhen we think of the ole west, we often entertain images of cattle drives, Native Americans, Wyatt Earp, shoot-outs, Billy the Kid, huge herds of bison, wagon trains, and much more…but seldom do Black cowboys come to mind. And while there is little mention of them in history books, there were a lot of them. On today’s Perspective program a civil rights movement veteran, editor, and writer shares his thoughts on Black cowboys and the Black west.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Augusta University professor emeritus Michael Searles. Also known as Cowboy Mike, Searles has contributed a great deal of scholarship on Black cowboys Buffalo Soldiers and the Black west.







LATE LAWN CAREEven though fall is slowly giving way to winter, there are still a couple of lawn care steps that homeowners with cool-season grass can do.  For one, it’s time for the final nitrogen application of the season, according to K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle.  He talks about that, as well as about the merits of putting down an herbicide treatment against knotweed in lawns before the weather gets too cold.

Q...(theme music)






PROMOTING A CULTURE OF HEALTHResearch shows that those who take good care of themselves and make healthy lifestyle choices are healthier, happier, miss less work, and have lower healthcare costs. Health is one of K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges. The family and consumer sciences agent for the Walnut Creek Extension District, Erin Petersilie, is working with local health care and other professionals to create a culture of health for people in west central Kansas.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



WOOD FOR HOME HEATINGFor home owners,wood can provide an additional heat source in the winter months. K-State forester Charles Barden shares thoughts on the benefits and cautions of burning wood – whether folks are using it as primary or secondary heating.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



DUST STORMSIt’s the kind of cloud that can make things as dark as night —sometimes with little or no rain. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) has the story.

Q...Research and Extension.



WINTER PREPAREDNESSAs winter weather sets in, and holiday traveling heats up, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has a few tips for playing it safe on the highways this winter.

Q...Research and Extension.



BLACK ICEOne of the worst hazards of winter is something most of us never see. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers a bit of history behind this invisible danger.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



STANCE ON NAFTAThe future of the North American Free Trade Agreement   remains uncertain, as trade negotiators address a variety of issues.  A broad swath of production agriculture organizations and groups have asserted that no harm should come to agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico as a result of the NAFTA renegotiation process.   Wheat producers are among the chorus of voices calling for that, as Marsha Boswell reports on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.