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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - May 18, 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.






FARM INCOME REPORT  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



FARM INCOME REPORT   (soundbites)


The Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State has just released its Kansas net farm income report for 2017, covering the economic returns to farming and ranching on the part of over 2000 KFMA members.  And in what may be a surprise to some, the average net farm income in the state actually rose from 2016.  Kevin Herbel (HER-bell) is the executive director of the association.  He reflects on the statewide income number in the report.              


                                             Track 2   (:48)    Q…prices during the year.


And here are the specifics from the 2017 report.  Herbel stresses that the averages don’t tell the full story.


                                             Track 3   (:38)    Q...a 76,000-dollar loss.


What this says, according to Herbel, is that the variability in income from farm to farm is immense….and that the economic challenges in production agriculture in Kansas remain formidable.


                                             Track 4   (:20)    Q...present as the averages.


TAG:  That’s Kevin Herbel from the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State.  The executive summary of the KFMA’s 2017 Kansas net farm income report is now available for review at www.agmanager.info.



FARM ECONOMIC ISSUES  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





In its just-released summary of Kansas net farm income for 2017, the Kansas Farm Management Association at Kansas State University reported a rise in average net farm income last year from 2016.  More precisely, that average climbed from $47,000 to $63,000…but that hardly tells the whole story.  K-State’s Kevin Herbel (HER-bell), the administrator of the KFMA, says that farmers and ranchers need to be carefully watching several indicators…starting with an operation’s working capital.       


                                             Track 6    (:55)    Q…capital when you can.


And a producer’s working capital relates very closely to one’s debt situation.  That’s an area of farm management that requires very close monitoring by each producer, regardless of income status.


                                             Track 7   (:34)    Q...leading to increased risk.


Also, the ability to cover farm family expenses is too often overlooked, says Herbel.  It, too, deserves full attention. 


                                             Track 8   (:25)    Q...that’s at is important.


TAG:  K-State’s Kevin Herbel with some of the key indicators from the Kansas Farm Management Association’s new report on 2017 Kansas net farm income.  See what else that report has to say at www.agmanager.info.



WHEAT SILAGE OPTION (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






There are plenty of substandard winter wheat stands to be found around Kansas right now. Some producers are considering salvaging poor-doing wheat as silage for cattle feeding…which can be a viable option, according to a K-State beef systems specialist.  Justin Waggoner says that the nutritional value of wheat silage as a cattle feedstuff can be very good…if harvested in a timely fashion.            


                                             Track 10    (:53)    Q…advanced head production.


One of the objectives in putting up good silage is striking the right balance between forage quality and tonnage.  Given that forage supplies may be tight this year, Waggoner recommends leaning toward greater volume.


                                             Track 11   (:29)    Q...get it put up.


But before cutting wheat for silage, a producer should really assess whether doing so is worth their while, economically and otherwise.


                                             Track 12   (:24)    Q...delivered to the cattle.


TAG:  With those thoughts on harvesting a wheat stand as silage for cattle, that’s K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner.



WHEAT HAY OPTION (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




WHEAT HAY OPTION   (soundbites)


With the anticipated shortage of forage in drought-stressed areas of Kansas and the plains region, a number of producers are considering harvesting their poorer wheat stands for hay, instead of taking them to grain.  That’s a good way of salvaging that wheat, according to a K-State beef systems specialist.  Justin Waggoner offers several things for producers to think about when putting up wheat hay.               


                                             Track 14    (:33)    Q…be developed later on.


So what is the recommended stage of growth at which a wheat stand is best converted to hay?


                                             Track 15   (:22)    Q...forage that is out there.


Producers probably want to take one extra step as they contemplate mowing that wheat for hay, according to Waggoner…that is assuring that the nitrate level in that wheat hay won’t pose a problem for cattle.


                                             Track 16   (:55)    Q...high coming into it.


TAG:  Considerations on harvesting low-yield-potential wheat as hay for cattle from K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner.



CANOLA DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS  (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





The oilseed crop known as canola continues to carve out a larger niche in central and southern plains crop production…thanks in large part to the achievements of the canola breeding program at Kansas State University.  And canola development in that program continues to forge ahead.  K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm (STAHM) takes this opportunity to outline the current canola variety work that he has undertaken.              


                                             Track 18    (:59)    Q…here in the program.


In as far as where canola fits into cropping systems in this region, multi-year K-State research says that canola and winter wheat make for a good partnership.


                                             Track 19   (:32)    Q...following winter canola.


And the advantages don’t stop with subsequent wheat yields.  Stamm says that there’s a soil quality bonus associated with including canola in the rotation.


                                             Track 20   (:22)    Q...in rotation with wheat.


TAG:  That’s an update canola variety development and research findings out of Kansas State University from canola agronomist Mike Stamm.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






HEALTH AND WEALTH CONNECTIONSResearch indicates four factors strongly predict happiness and well-being: health, economic stability, work or productive interests, and family relationships. As part of its “Culture of Health” initiative, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says they’re looking to use behavior-change strategies to simultaneously improve a person’s health and finances.

Q...the financial area.




HEALTH EXTENDS BEYOND ILLNESSKiss (kish) says the educational aspect of health and wellness needs to focus on the fact that health is not just illness.

Q...contribute to that.





DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF HEALTHOne of K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges is Health. As part of that effort, Kiss (kish) says Extension can play a role in building a culture of health across the state by bringing awareness to how behavioral changes can often improve health and finances at the same time.

Q...might be made.




THE IMPACT ONE CHANGE CAN HAVEMaking one change often creates a ripple effect. Kiss (kish) says it’s important that people understand how this ripple effect can positively impact their health, finances or both.

Q...feeds into itself.




ADVOCATING FOR PEOPLE TO CHANGERutgers Cooperative Extension has developed a program called Small Steps to Health and Wellness. According to Kiss, (kish) K-State Research and Extension will use portions of that program to shift people’s mindset from thinking about ill health versus health to a total wellness concept – something she adds is not new.

Q...calories you’re eating.

Tag: More information on health and wealth connections 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






TIYA TONNFARM TO FORKSometimes, a good meal can go a long way towards bringing people together. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story about a community event that not only brings people together around a good meal, it shows a lot of them just where their food comes from.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






CELEBRATING DAIRY MONTHJune is Dairy Month. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) says this is an opportunity for producers to tell their story and the story of the dairy industry. He offers several suggestions for interacting with consumers and demonstrating how they deliver a safe supply of dairy products to grocery stores across the country.

Q...(theme music)







RIVER OTTER RECOVERYFor years, the river otter was in a state of decline in this country.  However, through a concerted national effort to restore the otter, it has now made a highly-successful comeback.  And it can now be found commonly in many Kansas rivers and streams.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about this wildlife conservation success story.

Q...(theme music)






PRESERVING LOCAL NEWSA former media executive says this country faces the growing threat of news deserts – areas that are not served by any kind of news outlet. On today’s Perspective program, the impact that loss would have on the community, news availability and media literacy.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Penelope Abernathy, a former executive at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also the Knight chair in journalism and digital media economics at the University of North Carolina.







ASSORTED PLANT BUGSK-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd has returned to tell homeowners that it’s now time to treat landscape evergreens for bagworms.  He also addresses several insect concerns in home vegetable gardens that he’s hearing about, including bean leaf beetles, squash bugs and spider mites…and what to do to keep them from damaging vegetable plants.

Q...(theme music)






HEALTH AND WEALTH CONNECTIONSResearch indicates four factors strongly predict happiness and well-being: health, economic stability, work or productive interests, and family relationships. As part of its “Culture of Health” initiative, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says they’re looking to use behavior-change strategies to simultaneously improve a person’s health and finances.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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ESTABLISHING PECAN PLANTATIONSPecan is the largest member of the hickory family and can be grown in southeast Kansas as a source of additional income. K-State forester Bob Atchison says the Kansas chapter of the Walnut Council will provide additional information about establishing pecan plantations at the Walnut Council Field Day on June 16th at the K-State Pecan Experimental Field near Chetopah.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



FLASH FLOOD We’ve all seen video of cars and people stuck in the waters of a flash flood. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) has the story about one flash flood that turned the streets into a river, fish included!

Q...Research and Extension.



SUNDOGSYou may be familiar with sun spots and solar flares, but Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has a much rarer phenomenon to watch for.

Q...Research and Extension.



SOIL MOISTUREMuch of Kansas has been stuck in a drought, leaving parched soil and stressed vegetation. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tackles a question about soil moisture.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WHEAT STORM DAMAGEIn large parts of western Kansas, the winter wheat crop has had a rough go of it, virtually since it was planted.  The drought set it back considerably…and more recently, violent hail storms finished numerous stands off for good.  Marsha Boswell has the story on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.




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