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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - June 23 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.






KANSAS AG IN THE CLASSROOM  (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Agriculture is a staple in the Kansas economy and its tradition. Kids in Kansas have the opportunity to learn about agriculture in their schools, thanks in part to resources and programing provided by for the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Their communications coordinator Natalie Anderson summarizes the foundation’s goals for education about the industry.                    


                                             Track 2    (:24)    Q… everybody in education.


Anderson explains where educators can access resources and the breadth of topic covered by those materials.


                                             Track 3   (1:00)    Q... use in their classrooms.


Anderson shares the responses received from educators who attend their annual events which are often held during the summer months.


                                             Track 4   (:35)    Q...ag in their classroom.


TAG:  That was the communications coordinator for the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Natalie Anderson. For more information, do visit ksagclassroom.org.




WHEAT BLAST DISEASE (fully produced)            (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Wheat blast disease, although not yet found in the United States, is a serious threat to wheat production globally. The fungus can have detrimental effects on grain filling. K-State plant pathologist Christian Cruz has been helping with a wheat blast disease project’s trials in South America, where the disease has been spreading. He shares additional background on the disease.            


                                             Track 6    (:32)    Q…pretty diverse project.


The aims of the research project are proactive on behalf of wheat farmers in the U.S. and Cruz explains why continued investment in the project is important to those domestic growers.


                                             Track 7   (:48)    Q...get introduced here.


Cruz and other researchers are investigating other genes that could possibly provide resistance to wheat blast.


                                             Track 8   (:39)    Q...chance of breakdown.


TAG:  That was K-State plant pathologist Christian Cruz, one of the researchers studying wheat blast disease and potential control methods. 




COOPERATIVE ISSUES SYMPOSIUM   (fully produced)    (Sarah Moyer)

Q…K-State Radio Network.







The K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues is set for Tuesday, August 15th in Manhattan. The event is being hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics’ Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. The center’s director, Brian Briggeman (BRIG-ga-men), has more on the overall theme and aims of the symposium.                    


                                             Track 10    (:33)    Q…interested in cooperatives.


Briggeman shares a preview of the day’s morning program.


                                             Track 11   (:39)    Q...technological discussion.


Briggeman elaborates on those technological discussions as well as other current cooperative issues to be discussed.


                                             Track 12   (:51)    Q...the CEO of CoBank.


TAG:  That was the director of K-State’s Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, Brian Briggeman. Once again, the 2017 K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues is set for August 15th. Register online for the meeting at accc.k-state.edu.  



CATTLE FEEDING RETURNS    (fully produced)                (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The economics of finishing cattle in Kansas feedlots have been healthy for several months now.  And the latest calculations by a K-State livestock economist say that those favorable returns prevailed through this past spring as well.  Each month, Glynn Tonsor projects the net returns for feedlot cattle, using actual production and market data.  And if his numbers hold true, cattle feeders will have enjoyed record profits the last couple of months.  


                                             Track 14    (:38)    Q…the new record.


And what has fallen into place to allow cattle feeders to realize these lofty returns?


                                             Track 15   (:28)    Q...on fed cattle prices.


But, in keeping with the volatile nature of cattle feeding economics in recent times, these profits will rapidly dwindle through the summer, according to Tonsor’s projection, and will eventually result in losses this fall.


                                             Track 16   (:46)    Q...neither extreme really fits.


TAG:  That from the updated forecast on cattle feeding returns put together by K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor.  The complete analysis can be found at www.agmanager.info




CALF RETENTION DECISIONS   (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






This may seem early to cow-calf producers, but a K-State livestock economist is urging producers to start thinking about their marketing plan for those spring-born calves.   The main question is, should one sell calves at weaning, or retain and feed them in the hopes of better market returns?  Glynn Tonsor has recently crunched some numbers on these calf marketing options.  And he urges producers to do the same.        


                                             Track 18    (:49)    Q…my calf now or not.


He compares those numbers to those for retaining ownership of those calves into the early part of 2018.


                                             Track 19   (:48)    Q...those kinds of things.


The web site that K-State agricultural economics maintains, www.agmanager.info, features several helpful tools for produces to use, to aid in one’s calf marketing planning.


                                             Track 20   (:12)    Q...these different price outcomes.


TAG:  Thoughts there on marketing spring-born beef calves from K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






ADJUST THE THERMOSTAT AND SAVEThe U.S. Department of Energy says consumers can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs by turning the thermostat up or down 7-to-10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours a day. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says “smart” thermostats or programmable thermostats have greater flexibility than manual thermostats.

Q...a programmable thermostat.

Tag: If you have a manual thermostat – and about 47 percent of Americans do – adjust the thermostat manually before leaving in the morning or going to bed. The energy savings should be comparable to a “smart” thermostat or a programmable thermostat but you’ll step onto a cold floor in the winter and come home to a warmer house in the summer. 




OTHER WAYS TO CUT ENERGY COSTSIn addition to installing a “smart” or programmable thermostat, Kiss (kish) says there are other steps that can be taken to reduce energy costs.

Q...from your home, too. 




TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE SERVICESSome utility companies will install free programmable thermostats in exchange for being able to cycle off your air conditioning system for 10 minutes every half hour during high energy demand. Free energy audits might also be available. Kiss (kish) says everyone benefits from these free services.

Q...it lasts longer.




ARE THERE AIR LEAKS IN YOUR HOUSE? Kiss (kish) says the benefit of an energy audit is that it pinpoints where air leaks are occurring in your house.

Q...it’s leaking energy. 




CHANGE BEHAVIOR, CUT ENERGY COSTSSometimes reducing energy costs can be expensive – replacing a furnace or air conditioner. Other times it’s relatively inexpensive – adding foam gaskets to outlets or caulking around doors and windows. Kiss (kish) says sometimes it just takes a behavioral change to reduce energy costs.

Q...not even affected by it.

Tag: More information on reducing energy costs is available online through the U.S. Department of Energy at energy.gov. You can also find information at county and district Extension offices and on the Extension website: www.ksre.ksu.edu.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






STEVE FRYELK FALLS POTTERYPottery requires both good clay, and skilled hands to shape it. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, introduces us to a pair of Kansas artisans who use Kansas clay for stoneware pottery.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






DAIRY FLY CONTROLFlies are more than just a summer nuisance for dairy cattle…they can disrupt normal milk productivity if left unchecked.  Of all the tactics to take for fly control, none of them will be fully effective unless the producer takes steps to rid of the fly source.  That amounts to good sanitation, as K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) explains this week.

Q...(theme music)







DEER SOYBEAN GRAZINGSoybean growers have long complained about deer grazing on their standing crops.  And a fair amount of research has attempted to pin down just how much soybean yield is lost due to that browsing.  There’s a new study that sheds still more light on that question.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on its findings this week.

Q...(theme music)






CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACYMany Americans seem to have given up on certain things – things like a good education, safe food or safe streets, and at times, even democracy. A professor of sociology feels the blame lies with capitalism’s triumph over democracy. He thinks we often go with our gut feeling instead of the facts or science. On today’s Perspective, a look at what has been lost in America, and one man’s thoughts on how to bring it back.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Corey Dolgon, professor of sociology and director of Community Based Learning at Stonehill College in Maryland. 







BAGWORMS AND SQUASH BUGSA host of insects are their full summer activity mode in Kansas landscapes and gardens right now.  Among those that have caught the attention of K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd are bagworms on landscape evergreens and squash bugs on vegetable garden cucurbit crops.  Homeowners and gardeners are advised to take action against these pests, and this week, Cloyd outlines the best means of dealing with them.

Q...(theme music)






CUT ENERGY COSTS BY BEING “SMART” The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills. Unfortunately, leaky windows or ducts, inefficient heating and cooling systems and outdated appliances waste a lot of energy. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says replacing a manual or programmable thermostat with a “smart” thermostat is just one of the steps we can take to reduce energy costs – without sacrificing comfort.

Q...K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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PRESCRIBED BURNING VALUENative pasture managers in this region realize the value of regularly burning that pasture to promote grass growth while suppressing woody brush and other invasive plant species.  Prescribed burning can also be of benefit in tree resource management, which is now being researched by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.  K-State forester Bob Atchison talks about this management approach.

Q…(theme music)



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Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



LIGHTNING SAFETYK-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) tells us what makes lightning so dangerous, and how to lower our risk of being struck by lightning.

Q...Research and Extension.



DRY LIGHTNINGHave you ever seen lighting and heard thunder, but with little or no rain? K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains dry lightning.

Q...Research and Extension.



TORRENTIAL RAINSSummer thunderstorms can sometime produce immense amounts of rain. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has more.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WINNING BREAD BAKERThe 2017 National Festival of Breads, co-sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, just concluded in Manhattan, Kansas.   This educational event was deemed a rousing success. And on the competitive side of the proceedings, an accomplished bread-baker from the East Coast walked away with top honor.  Marsha Boswell provides this recap on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.