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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - September 14, 2018

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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.






CORN MOLD PROBLEMS (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



CORN MOLD PROBLEMS   (soundbites)


As most corn stands in the region are now drying down as harvest time draws nearer, late-season wet weather may be triggering mold problems in that corn.  And growers need to be aware of that possibility as they line out their corn-picking plans.  K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine (jar-DEEN) points out that the heat and dryness earlier in the summer may have set the stage for ear mold to accumulate in corn…which can lead to additional issues.           


                                             Track 2    (:31)    Q…it’s pretty high.


And now, the recent moisture can aggravate that condition even more, says Jardine.


                                             Track 3   (1:08)    Q...going to find it.


There’s not much that growers can do to prevent these molds from building up.  The only helpful response is to harvest that corn as timely as possible.


                                             Track 4   (:16)    Q...these ear molds.



TAG:  On pre-harvest ear mold development in corn stands, that’s K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine.



LATE SOYBEAN DISEASES  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





While recent weather conditions may have improved the yield potential of Kansas soybean stands, they remain vulnerable to several late-season disease challenges.  That’s according to a K-State row crop disease specialist, who advises producers to be on the alert for these.  Doug Jardine (jar-DEEN) says that now is about the time when sudden death syndrome expresses itself in soybeans.                  


                                             Track 6    (:55)    Q…sudden death protection.


While growers can’t do anything about S-D-S in their soybeans now, they might be able to respond to other late-arriving pathogens that could show up on the bean itself.


                                             Track 7   (:36)    Q...the elevator with that.


A pre-harvest fungicide application might help with these seed-borne diseases, but Jardine tells growers to weigh that decision very carefully.


                                             Track 8   (:23)    Q...something to be considered.



TAG:  Comments from K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine on potential late-season disease problems in soybeans. 



CORN DRY-DOWN RATE   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




CORN DRY-DOWN RATE   (soundbites)


A corn crop is considered mature when it has reached the so-called “black layer” stage, and all growers are familiar with that.  The question then becomes, how quickly from that point will the crop dry down to a harvestable condition?  A K-State agronomist has looked at that in a recent field trial.  Crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti (IG-nah-see-oh SEE-am-PIT-tee) explains that the starting point is the moisture content of a corn stand at black layer…which does vary with weather conditions         


                                             Track 10    (:38)    Q…this kernel to 15.


So Ciampitti went with that general moisture content number at black layer, as he set out to track the crop’s dry down rate.  Here’s what he found out.


                                             Track 11   (:49)    Q...at harvest time.


Again, though, that dry-down rate will vary with environmental conditions…that’s why Ciampitti urges growers to keep tabs on corn drying progress regularly, right up to harvest readiness.


                                             Track 12   (:29)    Q...can time harvest.



TAG:  On pre-harvest corn dry-down rates, that’s K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti.



FARM FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






How consistent were Kansas farms in their financial performance over the last several years?  That question was addressed by a new analysis conducted by a K-State agricultural economist.  Using Kansas Farm Management Association data from 2013 through 2017, Beth Yeager attempted to gauge the “persistence” of financial performance for over 600 farms in the state.       


                                             Track 14    (:49)    Q…or the bottom quartile.


Yeager notes that scores of variables influence that performance.  That considered, she discovered that it’s a challenge for farms to maintain financial performance at the upper end of the range year after year.


                                             Track 15   (:43)    Q...two of the years.


Her next objective is to further analyze the factors that most greatly influence these financial performance trends.  However, Yeager says that some of those are already clear.


                                             Track 16   (:23)    Q...is really important.



TAG:  See the entire report on “Persistence of Farm Financial Performance”, authored by K-State agricultural economist Beth Yeager, at www.agmanager.info.



WATER AND PLANT BREEDING   (fully produced)        (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





A recent plant science symposium held on K-State’s campus looked towards the year 2050.  The event held discussions between researchers, farmers and students.  Speaker and North Carolina State University plant scientist Tom Sinclair highlighted thoughts on water and what crop traits could impact plant breeding to help with concerns


                                             Track 18    (:37)    Q…applied immediately.


Rainfall in the future cannot be predicted, but temperature models estimate these issues will continue to be relevant.


                                             Track 19   (:31)    Q...earlier in the season.


The concept of plants with a limited-transpiration rate, or water conservation by the plant, continue to look attractive.  Sinclair explains.


                                             Track 20   (:46)    Q...most of the crops.



TAG:  That was North Carolina State University plant scientist Tom Sinclair.  He was one of the featured speakers at a recent plant science symposium on K-State’s campus.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






MAKING SALADS THE MAIN MEALSalad is making a comeback. From expanded offerings at restaurants to increased consumer demand, salad is no longer a side dish – it’s taking center stage as a main meal. As a result, consumers want salads that are filling, healthy and delicious. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says one benefit of eating salads is that we consume more fruits and vegetables.

Q...on the table.




SALADS ADD FIBER TO THE DIETProcter says another health benefit of eating salads is that it provides a good source of fiber.

Q...not enough exercise.





EAT A SALAD TO CUT CALORIES Another advantage of incorporating salad into our diet is we tend to consume fewer calories and still feel satisfied.

Q...very satisfying meal.




GAINING CONTROL OVER FATS Procter says making salads at home allows us to build them to have the smart fats.

Q...is really important.




MAKING A “MASON JAR” SALADAccording to Procter, one of the newest trends in salads is to make a Mason jar salad that can be taken to work.

Q...use the next day.

Tag: Salads should be kept cold. If possible, put your salad in the refrigerator when you get work. If that’s not an option, use an insulated lunch box filled with frozen ice packs to keep your salad cold. More information on health and nutrition is available at county and district Extension offices across Kansas.  




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






DENNIS WRIGHTSUNFLOWER OILYou have probably seen celebrity chefs on TV reaching for E-V-O-O or extra virgin olive oil. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a Kansas farmer who’s spreading the word about “E-V-S-O.”

Q...with Kansas Profile.






LAST FALL ALFALFA HARVESTThe timing of the last harvest of alfalfa for the fall should be about five-to-six weeks before the first killing frost. This allows enough growing time to get reserves into the tap root to survive over winter. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) looks at some of the decisions producers must make prior to the last alfalfa harvest for the fall.

Q...(theme music)







GUARDIAN DOG ISSUESFor centuries, guardian dogs have been used to ward predators away from livestock herds and flocks.  In recent times, however, the number of livestock owners who use guardian dogs in that capacity have been relatively few.  A recent report addressed why there is such limited use of this livestock protection practice, as summarized this week by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.

Q...(theme music)






THE ROLE OF SHORT LINE RAILROADSMost of us have absolutely no idea what a short line railroad is – or its importance to the economy. According to an economist at Kansas State University, short line railroads have historically played an important role in the transportation of agricultural products. A study he conducted examined who the short lines are, where they are, the current state of the short line industry, its role in the grain logistics system, which agricultural products they ship, and in what amounts.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Dr. Michael Babcock, a professor of Economics at Kansas State University with an expertise in transportation.







LATE-SEASON LANDSCAPE INSECTSAt this point of the growing season, several beneficial insect species are active in home landscapes.  K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd identifies a couple of those which are quite prominent right now…primarily encouraging homeowners to leave these species be, for they are causing no harm whatsoever to landscape plantings, or anything else.

Q...(theme music)






MAKING SALADS THE MAIN MEALSalad is making a comeback. From expanded offerings at restaurants to increased consumer demand, salad is no longer a side dish – it’s taking center stage as a main meal. As a result, consumers want salads that are filling, healthy and delicious. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter discusses the benefits of eating salads.

Q...K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



ALLEVIATING STREAMBANK EROSIONApproximately half of the sediment in federal reservoirs in Kansas is coming from streambank erosion. K-State forester Jarren Tindle outlines the steps private landowners can take to slow down streambank erosion, and in the process, extend the life of our reservoirs.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



FAIR SKIES “Fair” is word frequently used in weather forecasts, but what exactly does it mean? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) explains.

Q...Research and Extension.



DID IT RAIN?When we wake up to moisture on the ground in the early morning, it might be dew, rather than rain. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has more.

Q...Research and Extension.



EARLY SNOWIf today seems way too early for snow, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has something from the history books that might interest you.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WHEAT VARIETY SELECTIONSThe wheat breeding program at Kansas State University has generated numerous new varieties over the past several years that are living up to their promise in Kansas fields.  One of the agronomists largely responsible for their development has been monitoring their performance, and offers his variety recommendations to producers, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop with Marsha Boswell.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.




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