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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - November 24, 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.






FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (part 1)   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (part 1)    (soundbites)


Economic hurdles remain in front of farmers going into 2018.  To help producers plan for what’s ahead, the K-State agricultural economics department will be hosting a series of four in-depth programs this winter, entitled “Farming for the Future”.  One of the organizers of these sessions is K-State agricultural economist Mykel (Michael) Taylor. She says that the current economic climate in production agriculture creates the need for these programs.       


                                             Track 2   (:41)    Q…for their operations.


These programs will get into a wide assortment of topics, including outlooks on the commodity markets, interest rates and production costs, and much more.  Taylor says these are for all producers, regardless of financial status.


                                             Track 3   (:27)    Q...to all producers.


For her part, Taylor will be presenting a segment on the latest Kansas land values and rental rates.


                                             Track 4   (:43)    Q...you can afford to pay.


TAG:  K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.  These “Farming for the Future” programs will be held in December and January in Pratt, Salina, Scott City and Emporia.  Ask your local Extension office for more information, or go to www.agmanager.info.



FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (part 2) (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (part 2)   (soundbites)


Every farmer’s economic management skills are truly being tested by the slim profit margins currently at hand in production agriculture.  That in mind, a team of K-State agricultural economists will soon be hosting four special meetings around Kansas that will offer timely management ideas for farmers.  These “Farming for the Future” regional programs will be held in Pratt, Salina, Scott City and Emporia in December and January.  All producers are invited to take part in these in-depth sessions.  K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid will be one of the presenters.


                                             Track 6    (:26)    Q…in the coming years.


The programs will be similar at each site, according to Reid.  One of the featured parts of these will be an introduction to the Farm Analyst service that K-State avails to producers who would like one-on-one consultation on management planning.


                                             Track 7   (:33)    Q...going into the future.


The theme of the entire program is strongly oriented toward sharpening one’s farm management abilities going forward into 2018 and beyond.


                                             Track 8   (:40)    Q...for the coming year.


TAG:  That’s K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid.  Your local Extension office has the full details on these Farming for the Future programs coming up over the next two months.  More information on the agenda and on registration can also be found at www.agmanager.info



WHEAT TILLERING ISSUES   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Persistently wet weather in late September and most of October prevented numerous Kansas winter wheat growers from planting the new crop in a timely fashion.  Could that delay impede those stands from producing sufficiently?          A K-State wheat production specialist weighs in on that.  Romulo Lollato (ROM-ah-low low-LOT-oh) notes that late-planted wheat tends to come up short on fall tillering.               


                                             Track 10    (:40)    Q…first tiller come up.


And past K-State research has shown that substandard tiller development in the fall can lead to yield reductions come harvest time.


                                             Track 11   (:59)    Q...delayed cycle as well.


Lollato is quick to note that those negative yield consequences could go away if weather conditions turn favorable from here forward.


                                             Track 12   (:17)    Q...hit in our crop.


TAG:  Commenting on the implications of slow-developing winter wheat because of planting delays, that’s K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato. 



WHEAT WINTER HARDINESS  (fully produced)           (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





The late development of the winter wheat crop in Kansas has prompted some questions about the ability of wheat stands to harden off properly heading into the cold winter weather.  For the most part, that shouldn’t be an issue, according to a K-State wheat production specialist.  Explaining the process of winter wheat hardening, and what influences it is Romulo Lollato.          


                                             Track 14    (:54)    Q…these last few weeks.


However, temperature fluctuations at this point of the season can alter the winter-hardy state of the crop.


                                             Track 15   (:33)    Q...dormant through the winter.


And persistently dry soils can become problematic for the stand’s cold tolerance.


                                             Track 16   (:30)    Q...to keep in mind.


TAG:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato advises wheat producers to keep tabs on their stands and whether these conditions are setting them up for potential winterkill.



RURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM     (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Now in its 25th year, the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program, based at K-State, is under new management.  And her vision for the program is simply to build on its past successes.  Jill Zimmerman was just appointed as president of KARL.  She has a long and accomplished background as an Extension agricultural agent in Kansas and with the Kansas FFA Foundation.  Zimmerman reminds us of the basic framework of the KARL program, which is now mentoring its 14th class.       


                                             Track 18    (:35)    Q…for class 15.


Agricultural producers routinely participate in this program.  But of the 30 individuals that comprise each KARL class, a significant percentage are not farmers nor ranchers.


                                             Track 19   (:41)    Q...in our communities.


And Zimmerman notes that for all of its accolades, the KARL program has reached a crossroads.  And she’s eager to lead the program forward.


                                             Track 20   (:40)    Q...what we do.


TAG:  That’s the new president of the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program, Jill Zimmerman.  To find out more about this outstanding experience, go to www.karlprogram.com.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






MANAGING HOLIDAY SPENDINGAccording to the National Retail Federation, 54 percent of consumers are planning to spend about the same as last year on holiday shopping, with 24 percent planning to spend more than last year. The total spending is expected to exceed one trillion dollars. Unfortunately, when credit card bills start arriving, many consumers suffer what’s known as the “January hangover” – realizing they’ve spent more than they remember. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says one key to surviving the holidays in good financial shape is to set a budget and stick to it.

Q...let other things go.




AN INCREASE IN ONLINE SHOPPINGIn addition to shopping brick and mortar stores, Kiss (kish) says many consumers are searching for holiday bargains online and using smartphone apps to get the best price.

Q...the best price on it.





RECOGNIZING IF IT’S A GOOD PRICEMost consumers are looking for the lowest price – especially for those big ticket items. Kiss (kish) says doing a little homework can help consumers find good deals but they still need to be comfortable paying that price.

Q...we’re willing to pay.




HOW TO TRACK HOLIDAY SPENDINGBetween using credit cards, making online purchases, and multiple shopping trips to local stores, tracking holiday spending can be difficult. Kiss (kish) suggests making a list and putting all your receipts in one location, such as an envelope.

Q...doesn’t take long, actually.




YOU CAN PAY NOW OR PAY LATER! Just like with any kind of shopping, Kiss (kish) says holiday shopping has to be paid for – either at the time of purchase or in the coming months.

Q...and not stressful.

Tag: More information on developing a household budget 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






BRAD ROTHRURAL CHURCHA Kansas pastor-turned-author is getting high praise for a recently-published book. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, tells us about this spiritual leader who takes a big look at life in a small church.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






CORN SILAGE OPTIONAs dairy producers settle on the corn silage hybrid they intend on planting next year, they should give due consideration to the brown mid-rib hybrid options.  So says K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook), who points out that these hybrids have been upgraded to address some of the concerns with them in the past.  He talks about why producers should give them a second look.

Q...(theme music)







DEER MOVEMENT INFLUENCESWhite-tailed deer are on the move at this time of the year…of particular concern to motorists as they attempt to avoid collisions with deer. Why this deer movement occurs has been the subject of considerable study over the years. It comes down to two general patterns, as discussed this week by wildlife specialist Charlie Lee of K-State.

Q...(theme music)






EDUCATIONAL CHANGE (PART 2)Many of today’s university campuses are the scene of political turmoil, turmoil that is simply a reflection of the rest of society. It is the same anger, name-calling, refusal to listen, but one professor and author says it doesn’t have to be that way. He says we need to reject the ignorance enjoined by racism and sexism, and take the time to learn something new.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Jonathon Zimmerman, a professor of education and history at the University of Pennsylvania.







MORE HOUSE BUGSNow that fall is giving way to winter weather, a wider variety of landscape insects are seeking safe refuge inside homes, garages and outbuildings.  For the most part, these are harmless, and easily removed from the indoors, according to K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd.  However, excluding them from the building is always the best bet.

Q...(theme music)






MANAGING HOLIDAY SPENDINGAccording to the National Retail Federation, 54 percent of consumers  plan to spend about the same as last year on holiday shopping, with 24 percent planning to spend more than last year. Total spending is expected to exceed one trillion dollars. Unfortunately, when credit card bills start arriving, many consumers suffer what’s known as the “January hangover” – realizing they’ve spent more than they remember. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says one key to surviving the holidays in good financial shape is to set a budget and stick to it.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



RIPARIAN SEDIMENT FILTERSThe forested areas along streambanks in Kansas—called riparian areas-- serve a multitude of important ecological purposes.  Among those is the way they filter sediment out of runoff from heavy rains and even flooding.  K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle provides more information this week on how riparian areas function in this manner.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



“FOGBOW” K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) tells us about a colorful weather phenomenon that’s usually easier to see in the winter months.

Q...Research and Extension.



BE PREPAREDWith a little preparation, you can be ready for most any kind of winter roadside emergency, and that includes being stranded in a snowstorm. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has a helpful list.

Q...Research and Extension.



ICE MELTERSIcy sidewalks, driveways, and even highways are treated with various chemicals to melt the slippery ice – but what’s in that stuff? K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has some answers.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



EAT WHEAT CAMPAIGNThe wheat industry has just launched a comprehensive campaign to inform the consumer public about the realities of modern-day wheat production and wheat-based foods.  The hope is that wheat producers themselves will join in, and use this platform to help spread the word.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.