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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - May 19, 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.






SOYBEAN STARTER APPLICATION (fully produced)           (Sarah Moyer)          Q…K-State Radio Network.






During this spring planting season, farmers have the option of applying a starter fertilizer. Addressing this option in relation to soybean crops specifically is K-State crop nutrient management specialist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz (DOOR-ah-var roo-EEZ DEE-az). He explains the types of nutrient and soil conditions that make this application more beneficial from a yield standpoint.                


                                    Track 2    (:42)    Q…using starter fertilizers.


Diaz highlights the possible advantages of a starter application to soybeans in the scheme of an overall crop rotation.


                                    Track 3   (:42)    Q...efficient in that application.


The method of application is important to the success of a starter application. Diaz comments on this and best practices.


                                    Track 4   (:36)    Q...really not recommended.


TAG:  That was K-State agronomist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, discussing the use of starter fertilizers around the time of soybean planting.




SWINE PRODUCTION PROGRESS (fully produced)           (Sarah Moyer)       Q…K-State Radio Network.






With significant progress in production efficiency made by the swine industry over the last two decades, the industry has reflected on what specific areas of production were improved. K-State swine specialist Mike Tokach (TOE-cash) comments on these areas of improvement and why they were achievable. He begins with statistics on pigs produced per sow annually and changes in market weights.                


                                    Track 6    (:31)    Q…those individual animals.


Tokach continues and expands on what genetic traits have been emphasized during selection.


                                    Track 7   (:51)    Q...some of these levels.


Nutrition and health are emphasized as other areas of focus, which have contributed to the progress made by the swine industry.


                                    Track 8   (:39)    Q...contributed to it.


TAG:  That was K-State swine specialist Mike Tokach on the advances in production of the swine industry during the last twenty years.




CHINCH BUGS IN CROPS (fully produced)          (Sarah Moyer)                          Q…K-State Radio Network.






Many crop growers in Kansas need to be monitoring wheat fields for chinch bugs, especially if they intend to plant grain sorghum adjacent to those wheat fields. The pests are most noticeable as wheat crops begin to yellow, and the areas of the state most affected in previous years have been the north central and south central regions. K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth tells producers how and when to scout for chinch bugs in their wheat stands. 


                                    Track 10    (:58)    Q…aphids later on.


Precautionary measures can be taken to reduce the potential impact of chinch bugs.


                                    Track 11   (:38)    Q...else to feed on.


Whitworth explains the interaction of treated seed and chinch bugs.


                                    Track 12   (:23)    Q...aren’t really good.


TAG:  That was K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth, talking about the threat of chinch bugs in grass crops such as wheat, corn and sorghum.




SHARING THE ROADWAYS (fully produced)          (Sarah Moyer)                          Q…K-State Radio Network.






The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health has compiled a report, including data from more than 7,000 crashes involving motorists and farm equipment within a nine-state area, including Kansas. During the five-year period of the study, almost 15,000 people were involved in those types of crashes.  K-State farm safety specialist Kerri Ebert boils down the data to form conclusions from the report.    


                                    Track 14    (:24)    Q…those types of crashes.


The report classified the recorded crashes by type. Ebert shares the crash scenario with the highest frequency.


                                    Track 15   (:41)    Q...one or two red lights.


Ebert notes several other common kinds of farm implement/passenger vehicle collisions.


                                    Track 16   (:51)    Q...on the straightaways.


TAG:  That was K-State farm safety specialist Kerri Ebert with a review of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health’s report on crashes between motorists and farm implements on rural roadways.




WHEAT HEAD ARMYWORM (fully produced)          (Sarah Moyer)                          Q…K-State Radio Network.






The wheat head armyworm, although not consistently an issue in Kansas wheat stands, can have significant impacts on crop yields. These pests feed on the wheat kernels themselves and can cause economic losses to farmers. Due to their feeding preferences, early detection is the key to management. K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth has how to identify these pests out in the field.                 


                                    Track 18    (:39)    Q…do damage pretty quickly.


Farmers will likely be docked for grain with insect-damaged kernels, if wheat head armyworms have a significant presence in an invaded crop.


                                    Track 19   (:21)    Q...take it in to sell it.


With the wheat kernels being the most vulnerable part of the crop, farmers may have to make decisions about the use of insecticides on wheat head armyworms late in the season.


                                    Track 20   (:52)    Q...really easy to control.


TAG:  That was K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth with recommendations on managing wheat head armyworms.




The 5 features below are soundbites only






GRILLING? USE A MEAT THERMOMETERMay is National Barbecue Month and according to a Kansas State University food scientist, a meat thermometer is your best defense against any foodborne illness and checking for doneness. Karen Blakeslee, who is also coordinator of the university’s Rapid Response center, says there are three temperatures to remember when grilling poultry, ground meat or steaks and chops.

                                                                                                Q...a better reading.

Tag: For grilling, Blakeslee recommends using a digital, instant-read thermometer because the sensor is on the tip of the thermometer and it gives a reading in about 10 seconds.




IS THE GRILL IN A FIRE-SAFE LOCATION?In addition to giving the grill a thorough cleaning, Blakeslee recommends taking several safety precautions, including where you put it.

                                                                                                Q...got another problem.

Tag: Blakeslee also recommends keeping a fire extinguisher or easy access to water nearby. If you you have a gas grill, check to see how much propane is in the tank and inspect hoses for cracks.




MAKING THE ENTIRE MEAL ON THE GRILLTo keep the heat out of the kitchen, many people use their grill to prepare an entire meal. Blakeslee says to be mindful with how you use your utensils because there’s an increased risk of cross-contaminating foods.

                                                                                                Q...sets of utensils.

Tag: Also, when you take meat off the grill, don’t put it back on the plate that had the raw meat on it. Instead, use a clean plate.



KNOW HOW LONG FOOD CAN BE LEFT OUTMemorial Day weekend is typically thought of as the unofficial start of summer, and outdoor grilling and eating is often part of the holiday. Once the food has been placed on the table, Blakeslee says it’s a good idea to keep track of how long it’s been sitting out.

                                                                                                Q...in the refrigerator.



TRY TO RE-CREATE YOUR KITCHEN OUTSIDETo defend against foodborne illness, Blakeslee says we need to keep hot food hot and cold food cold.

                                                                                                Q...keep those cold.

Tag: Information on preventing foodborne illness is available at county and district Extension offices and on the Extension website: www.ksre.ksu.edu. Additional food safety information can be found on the Rapid Response Center website: www.rrc.k-state.edu.   




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






JANIS WHITHAM, CLAY WHITHAM– KENTUCKY DERBYAt this year’s Kentucky Derby, a Kansas horse made a run for the roses. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story about the family that made the trip to Churchill Downs.

                                                                                                Q...with Kansas Profile.






FIRST ALFALFA CUTTINGThe first cutting of alfalfa is underway in Kansas, and the forage will be stored as a dry hay or haylage. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) has recommendations for producers harvesting alfalfa with the intent of feeding it to their dairy herds.

                                                                                                Q...(theme music)







SNAKE EXCLUSION STEPSThe weather has warmed up, and snakes are active once again.  Many people are uncomfortable with having snakes near their homes or outbuildings, and certainly don’t want them finding their way into the house.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reminds people that the almost all snakes are harmless, and can be encouraged to go elsewhere by modifying the landscape habitat.  He talks about that, and about assuring that they don’t enter the home.

                                                                                                                    Q...(theme music)






RACE RELATIONS (Part 3)When it comes to race relations, the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States did little to make things better for America’s Blacks.  One black educator and researcher says it was a great moment for people of color, and it was a moment he never thought he’d see in his lifetime, but the growth of white supremacy groups continued, racial inequalities continued, and the problems between police and Blacks continued.  On today’s Perspective program the conclusion of a three-part series with the thoughts, experiences, and research of three academics who deal with race relations on a daily basis.

                                                                                                Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest:Christopher Brown, an associate professor of communication studies at Minnesota State University. He has published research on race and communication, and integrates philosophical work on race and critical race theories into understanding systems of privilege and institutional racism.







LANDSCAPE INSECT PESTSInsect activity in home landscapes is hitting full stride now.  This week, K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd brings attention to three insect pests that homeowners should scout for now, to determine the need for treatment.  These can be found on elm trees, evergreens and euonymus.

                                                                                                                   Q...(theme music)






KEEP OUTDOOR EATING SAFEMay is National Barbecue Month and a Kansas State University food scientist says a meat thermometer is your best defense against any foodborne illness and checking for doneness. Karen Blakeslee, who is also coordinator of the university’s Rapid Response Center, discusses how to clean the grill, practice basic warm-weather food safety and the three temperatures to remember when grilling poultry, ground meat or steaks and chops.

                                                                                                Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



MANAGING TREE RESOURCESLandowners should manage the tree resources on their property as diligently as they would a cash crop, according to K-State forester Jarren Tindle.  And that management needs to be strategic, with a full understanding of the conservation and recreation value of the trees that are already there, and what trees could be added to enhance that value.  That’s where the expertise of the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University comes in, as Tindle explains.                       

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)                                                   Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



HEAT LIGHTNINGK-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) explains this weather phenomenon that can erupt out of a clear blue sky.                                                                                                                      

Q...Research and Extension.



BOW ECHOK-State climatologist Mary Knapp discusses the term “bow echo,” often used by meteorologists during severe weather events.                                                                                                                     

Q...Research and Extension.



MISSING STORMS?Sometimes the sky gives the appearance of forthcoming severe storms — but then nothing happens. K-State climatologist says the culprit is often something called a “capped inversion.”                                                                                                                                          

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



FESTIVAL OF BREADSHard red wheat, such as that grown in Kansas, is the foundation for bread flour.  And in the spirit of promoting bread baking in the U.S., Kansas Wheat is once again sponsoring the National Festival of Breads.  This event will take place in mid-June in Manhattan.  Jordan Hildebrand offers a preview on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.                                                                                            

Q...this is Jordan Hildebrand.