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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - July 13, 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.






BEEF TRADE CONCERNS  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





All the turmoil over trade tariffs has agricultural producers on edge, and not just regarding the disputes with China.  U.S. trade relations with several other countries are unsettled as well, and that’s of particular concern to the beef cattle sector.  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor points out that the U.S. does relatively little beef business with China.  It’s the other trade disagreements beyond China that have greater consequences for cattle producers.     


                                             Track 2    (:33)    Q…on domestic demand.


Of note, says Tonsor, is that U.S. beef exports in recent years have expanded into different destinations.  And that is important in this current trade climate.


                                             Track 3   (:53)    Q...and you’re doing business.


The question, though, is whether the U.S. beef export portfolio is diverse enough to weather the array of trade squabbles currently going on.


                                             Track 4   (:26)    Q...in 2018 we’ve had.


TAG:  Observations on trade issues and the implications for U.S. beef exports from K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor.



CATTLE TRACEABILITY PROJECT (part 1)  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



CATTLE TRACEABILITY PROJECT (part 1)  (soundbites)


In the event of a major cattle disease outbreak, the ability to track the movement of cattle through the production and marketing systems is paramount to controlling that situation.  That in mind, the state of Kansas has now launched a pilot project which will implement a cattle traceability system.  And producers are urged to take part. The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University is among the partners conducting this project, called CattleTrace.  The B-C-I’s Cassie Kniebel (ken-EE-bell) is the program manager.                


                                             Track 6    (:50)    Q…that would look like.


The U.S. is lagging behind other countries in developing an effective tracing system, which is part of the impetus behind this project.


                                             Track 7   (:33)    Q...an outbreak does occur.


And as this program comes together, participation by producers will be a key.  Kniebel is actively recruiting in that direction right now.


                                             Track 8   (:26)    Q...those cow-calf producers.


TAG:  More information on the CattleTrace pilot project can be found at www.cattletrace.org.  That’s Cassie Kniebel of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State.



CATTLE TRACEABILITY PROJECT (part 2) (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.




CATTLE TRACEABILITY PROJECT (part 2)   (soundbites)


The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, along with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders, have unveiled a two-year pilot project called CattleTrace.  It will develop and evaluate a cattle tracking system that will be crucial in the advent of a major cattle disease episode.  The data collected by this new system from farm and ranch to packer will be kept fully confidential, according to the program manager, K-State’s Cassie Kniebel (ken-EE-bell).  She talks about the technology that will be used.         


                                             Track 10    (:39)    Q…the project should start.


The data that will be gathered will be quite basic, with the sole intent of tracking cattle as they move through the production and marketing chain.


                                             Track 11   (:34)    Q...being the most important.


Once the system is in place, Kniebel and others will be testing it via a mock animal disease outbreak exercise. 


                                             Track 12   (:36)    Q...through that next year.


TAG:  That’s CattleTrace program manager Cassie Kniebel of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State.   For more details on this project, go to www.cattletrace.org.   



ALFALFA INSECT THREAT (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Alfalfa stands in Kansas are already under duress from summer heat and dry weather.  Now, an insect called the potato leaf hopper has made its return, feeding on those stressed stands.  And growers should be on the lookout for it right now.  K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth talks about this pest and just how damaging it can be to alfalfa.                  


                                             Track 14    (:46)    Q…can actually kill plants.


In this region, potato leaf hoppers are usually most prolific through the middle part of summer.  Whitworth expects their numbers to increase over the next several weeks.


                                             Track 15   (:24)    Q...feeding on alfalfa.


So what should the alfalfa grower do, in response to a potato leaf hopper infestation?  It depends on the timing, says Whitworth.  But he does note that it doesn’t take very many of these to merit an insecticide treatment, and that most products do a good job of controlling them. 


                                             Track 16   (:43)    Q...treating your alfalfa.


TAG:  On potato leaf hoppers invading alfalfa stands, that’s K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth.



CROP WEED STEWARDSHIP   (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





A great deal has changed in crop weed control over the last 40 years.  And reflecting on that, a K-State weed management specialist says that producers have gained a sound understanding of weed control stewardship.  Curt Thompson has just retired from his long and accomplished career with Kansas State University.  One of the significant developments he’s witnessed during that run has been the herbicide-resistant weed issue.  That was prompted by the overuse of very effective products…one in particular.                


                                             Track 18    (:30)    Q…and not an issue.


 As resistance set in, producers have adjusted, on the advice of Thompson and other specialists.  One of the more effective counter-strategies has been pre-emergence herbicide treatments…which Thompson urges producers to continue.


                                             Track 19   (:32)    Q...effective weed control.


Additionally, timely post-emergence treatments are part of the stewardship package that Thompson endorses…getting after resistant weeds as early as possible. 


                                             Track 20   (:46)    Q...be a lot happier.


TAG:  K-State’s Curt Thompson, with some parting thoughts on weed control for crop producers as he caps off his career as a weed management specialist with K-State Research and Extension.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILD CAREA lack of options can make securing child care in rural areas difficult. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles is working on a joint project in rural Kansas and Nebraska to identify barriers and solutions to improve child care in rural communities. Wiles says the child care issue has three primary components.

Q...childhood education. 




WATCHING VERSUS EDUCATING KIDSWiles says there’s decades of research that shows there’s a huge difference between watching children and educating children, and that the effects of quality, affordable child care are demonstrated throughout a child’s lifespan.

Q...really what we’re after.





KIDS NEED SAFETY AND INTERACTIONA child’s safety should always be the number one priority for child care providers. However, in addition to a safe environment, Wiles says children need stimulating activities and programs that provide positive interaction with others.

Q...interacting with children.




CARE IS AN IMPORTANT RURAL ISSUE According to Wiles, the Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care needs assessment, which is furthest along in Pottawatomie County in northeast Kansas, shows child care is an important issue in rural communities.

Q...the benefit of this work.




WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP IN THE STUDY?Once data from focus groups and surveys have been compiled and analyzed, Wiles says the next step is to begin working with communities to essentially treat child care as a utility.

Q...how do we do that?

Tag: Wiles says the success of the project will be measured by whether those communities are able to build and sustain a facility or facilities that respond to their need for access to quality, affordable child care and whether he and his colleagues are able to build a deliverable and scalable model for how other communities can do this.




The features below are self-contained and fully-produced






JOE, KIM, BOB AND MARY MERTZ (Part 2)Jeanne and Harold Mertz left a mark on Kansas highways that still stands today, all over the state. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, says their sons have carried on the family business with surprising results.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






USING DROUGHT-STRICKEN CORNDrought across many parts of Kansas will likely mean fewer acres of corn being harvested for corn silage. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) encourages producers to determine the cost-effectiveness of using drought-stricken corn as corn silage and to explore alternative feeding sources for the next 12-to-18 months.

Q...(theme music)







MOUSE CONTROL STUDYThere are scores of products on the market for controlling mice in homes and outbuildings.  Their effectiveness was the subject of a recent USDA study, and the findings were quite surprising, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  This week, he reviews that study and what it suggests about the future development of mouse control products.

Q...(theme music)






POWER, RACE AND HIGHER EDUCATIONFor far too long the subject of race has been a thorn in the side of mankind…and even today, it seems little closer to being solved. One of the difficulties surrounding race is that it carries with it privilege and power. And keep in mind, there is only one race…the human race. A Kansas State University professor, who earlier this year was honored by Diverse Magazine as one of the 25 influential women in higher education, offers some thoughts on race.

Q...K-State Radio Network.

Guest: Kakali Bhattacharya, a professor in the College of Education at Kansas State University.







SUMMER LAWN PROBLEMSEach summer brings its own assortment of challenges to home lawns.  And this week, a K-State turfgrass specialist addresses a couple of common problems he’s hearing about of late:  infestations of a grassy weed called yellow nutsedge and brown patch disease.  Jared Hoyle offers advice on contending with both.

Q...(theme music)






QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILD CAREA lack of options can make securing child care in rural areas difficult. K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles is working on a joint project in rural Kansas and Nebraska to identify barriers and solutions to improve child care in rural communities. He discusses what they’ve learned from focus groups and anonymous surveys of more than 400 adults who are either seeking child care or who currently have child care.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



WINDBREAKS AND CROPSResearch suggests a correlation between properly functioning windbreaks and an increase in crop yields. K-State forester Charles Barden has been researching the connection between windbreaks and crops and now he’s looking to expand the study across the region from Texas to Nebraska.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



POPUP THUNDERSTORMS During the hottest summer days, late afternoon or evening thunderstorms can pop up out of nowhere. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) explains the science behind these storms.

Q...Research and Extension.



HOTTEST DAYS OF KANSASTo experience the hottest days ever recorded in Kansas, you’d have to push your thermometer well into the triple digits. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has more.

Q...Research and Extension.



A BIG FLOODTwenty-five years ago this Saturday, one Kansas county experienced a flash flood event that is still talked about. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks back.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



FOOD BLOGGERS REACTIONSeveral weeks ago, Kansas Wheat hosted a number of well-known social media food writers, introducing them to all stages of the wheat industry in Kansas.  Since then, these writers have shared their experiences with their audiences.  Marsha Boswell has the follow-up on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.




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