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Agriculture Today

Agriculture Today is a daily program hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout the state. It features K-State agricultural specialists and other experts examining agricultural issues facing Kansas and the nation. Below are the 8- and 11-minute segments from the last several weeks' shows.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past stories to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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2-24-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on the numbers released yesterday on-crop acreage, export projections and crop price forecasts at the annual USDA Outlook Forum.O'Brien 0224
2-24-17Xtend Labeling: Dallas Peterson has the latest on the soybean production system which allows soybean growers to address their glyphosate-resistant weed problems.Peterson 0224
2-24-172018 Farm Bill Hearing:  Senator Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow offer their comments, presented on the K-State campus yesterday.
Roberts 0224
2-24-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0224
2-23-17National Wildfire Awareness Week: Ross Hauck of KFS, comments on the wildfire danger currently present in Kansas, and what Kansans can do to prevent them.
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2-23-17Cow-Calf Operation Budgets: Robin Reid visits about staying on top of production expenses in generating greater income from the herd.Reid 0223
2-23-17Disease Prevention for Home Fruit and Vegetable Gardeners: Megan Kennelly offers several tips. 
Kennelly 0223
2-23-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0223
2-22-17Beef Demand Index: Glynn Tonsor reports on index information that most accurately portrays consumer demand for beef.Tonsor 0222
2-22-17External Parasites in the Cattle Herd: Justin Talley of OSU offers recommendations for addressing horn and stable flies and ear ticks.Talley 0222
2-22-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0222
2-22-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0222
2-21-17Crop Fertilizer Price Trends: Gregg Ibendahl discusses his new study of those costs in overal production expenses. He has developed forecast for anhydrous ammonia prices for the 2017 crop production season and how they might affect the decision to plant corn or soybeans.
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2-21-17Canola Crop Update: Mike Stamm talks about canola coming out of dormancy early and whether or not to apply topdress fertilizer and pesticides to the crop now, before the canola starts to bolt.Stamm 0221
2-21-17 Ferruginous Hawk Nesting: Charlie Lee talks about improving the nesting habitat in the shortgrass prairie region, based on a recent study conducted by OSU.Lee 0221
2-21-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0221
2-20-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Lee Schulz of ISU looks at the latest USDA cattle inventory report indicating the beef breeding herd is getting younger, and he looks at the impacts of dairy calves being fed out for beef on the overall fed cattle market.Schulz 0220
2-20-17Purebred Beef Unit: Ken Odde describes how this new facility will be a boon to beef cattle research at K-State.Odde 0220
2-20-17National FFA Week: Kansas FFA state president Elizabeth Meyer talks about the activities taking place around the state.Meyer 0220
2-20-17Horse Volunteer of the Year: Pam van Horn is joined by honoree Kathy Huser of Ellis County.van Horn 0220
2-17-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien weighs in on the weather outlook and its potential effects on row crops and wheat.  He also addresses the higher value of  Brazilian currency and how that might help U.S. soybean exports.O'Brien 0217
2-17-17Insects and Warm Weather: Jeff Whitworth talks about how the weather conditions will likely affect insect activity in alfalfa and winter wheat.
Whitworth 0217
2-17-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0217
2-16-17Communicating Biosecurity Threats (Part 1): Visiting Fulbright scholar Ruth Wallace of Australia talks about what she has learned working with ag producers in her home country.
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2-16-17Communicating Biosecurity Threats (Part 2)Wallace2 0216
2-16-17Best Tomatoes for Kansas:  Ward Upham gives varietal recommendations based on a recent field trial sponsored by K-State. 
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2-16-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0216
2-15-17Wheat and Warm February: Romulo Lollato discusses the soil temperature threshold that will prompt wheat plants to start coming out of dormancy early, and points out how producers can monitor real-time soil temperature trends in their locales. Lollato 0215
2-15-17K-State Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy Preview: Lexie Hayes has details on this spring's event, and talks about two other youth livestock events that K-State is sponsoring this spring.
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2-15-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0215
2-15-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0215
2-14-17Cover Crop Study (Part 1):  K-State agronomists Kraig Roozeboom and Peter Tomlinson, along agronomy graduate researcher Giovani Preza Fontes, discuss the findings of a multi-year K-State study on the performance of various legume and non-legume cover crops in a wheat-grain sorghum-soybean crop rotation.CoverCrops1_0214
2-14-17Cover Crop Study (Part 2): Roozeboom, Tomlinson, and Fontes continue the discussion of their cover crop study.
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2-14-17"Coydogs": K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks this week about the crossbreeding in the wild of coyotes and dogs, resulting in "coydogs"...and if those hybrids present any wildlife damage issues.Lee_0214
2-14-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0214
2-13-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Derrell Peel of OSU looks at the USDA's new summary of 2016 U.S. beef trade, as well as  the proposed renegotiation and impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Peel 0213
2-13-17Women Managing the Farm Conference Presentation: Virginia Tech agricultural economist David Kohl talks about economic trends that will impact farm and ranch families in 2017.Kohl 0213
2-13-17Prescribed Burning: K.C. Olson previews a special meeting next week in Greenwood County about prescribed burns on native grasslands during the latter part of the growing season.Olson 0213
2-13-17SpaceTech: Deryl Waldren looks ahead to a 4-H SpaceTech Experience coming up in late March in Hutchinson, introducing youth to unmanned aerial systems.Waldren 0213
2-10-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien goes over some positive aspects of the USDA grain supply and demand report, and talks about a prospective "battle for acres" between the corn and soybean markets.O'Brien 0210
2-10-17Marestail: Doug Shoup looks at the alternatives for controlling glyphosate-resistant marestail on soybean ground.  He supports treating it in the rosette stage with a growth-regulator herbicide.
Shoup 0210
2-10-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0210
2-10-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0210
2-9-17Grain Sorghum Research: Sarah Sexton-Bowser and Jesse McCurry discuss research at K-State under the new Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program. Sexton-Bowser 0209
 2-9-17Risk Assessed Marketing: Art Barnaby talks about the ongoing complications for wheat producers caused by the lack of convergence between cash and futures wheat prices. Barnaby 0209
 2-9-17Swine Profitability Conference Presenter: Nathan Smith of KS Smith Farms in southwest Kansas advises management leadership as a key to success. Smith 0209
 2-9-17Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs: Dennis Patton offers mid-winter tips.
 Patton 0209
2-8-17Row Crop Diseases: Doug Jardine looks back at the problems of 2016 and what to expect in 2017.
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2-8-17Swine Profitability Conference Speaker: Barry Kerkaert talks about what his Minnesota company is doing to help pork producers remain competitive.   Kerkaert 0208
2-8-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0208
2-8-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0208
2-7-17Rust Disease Resistance: Allan Fritz talks about a new approach to developing wheat lines with more durable resistance to rust diseases.Fritz_0207
2-7-17A Strategy Against Kochia: Curt Thompson advises crop producers to employ a pre-emergence treatment strategy against glyphosate-resistant kochia that may have developed in their fields. Thompson_0207
2-7-17Double-Crested Cormorants: Charlie Lee talks about the problems that double-crested cormorants are creating for commercial and recreational fish resources. Lee_0207
2-7-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News_0207
2-6-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor reflects on last week's USDA's cattle inventory report and compares it to the USDA's projections on cattle production.Tonsor 0206
 2-6-17Marketing Fall-Weaned Calves: Justin Waggoner discusses identifying the marketing window to shoot for and managing the calf feeding program accordingly.Waggoner 0206
 2-6-17Cattle Production Cycle: James Mitchell reports on his discovery that historically wide swings in production appear to be leveling out.
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 2-6-174-H Leadership Activities: Beth Hinshaw looks at 2017 activities planned by the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council.Hinshaw 0206
2-3-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien looks at apotential increase in exports of grain sorghum.O'Brien 0203
2-3-17NNAI: Kris Silver talks about what could soon become another breakthrough in how to build genetic resistance to insects in field crops.Silver 0203
2-3-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0203
2-3-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0203
 2-2-17Fuel Prices: Gregg Ibendahl looks at where diesel and gasoline prices may be headed in 2017, and whether farmers and ranchers might advance-price their fuel needs. Ibendahl 0202
 2-2-17Beef Calf Abortion Causes: Gregg Hanzlicek talks about what the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State has discovered and management steps to prevent such losses. Hanzlicek 0202
 2-2-17Watering Ornamentals During Winter: Gregg Eyestone looks at the impact of a dry winter, as well as pruning ornamentals and fruit trees at this time of the year. Eyestone 0202
 2-2-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0202
2-1-17Ag Trade Outlook: Brian Briggeman offers input after several actions by the new administration regarding international trade agreements.  He believes that U.S. agricultural trade will be not be adversely impacted, at least not in 2017.Briggeman 0201
2-1-17Cattlemen's Day Preview: Dale Blasi has the details on the March 3 event, which will highlight the latest research and feature a speaker on changes in agricultural policy affecting the beef cattle sector.Blasi 0201
2-1-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0201
2-1-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0201
 1-31-17Soybean Production Update: Ignacio Ciampitti discusses several principles of soybean production, emphasizing crop management for optimum returns. Ciampitti 0131
 1-31-17Crop Insurance: Jisang Yu talks about his research and the effect of premium subsidies on the amount of acreage planted to crops as well as crop choices. Yu 0131
 1-31-17Conference Preview:  Jim Nelssen looks at the 2017 Swine Profitability Conference at K-State, set for Tuesday, February 7th. Nelssen 0131
 1-31-17Robins In Kansas: Charlie Lee talks about the seemingly early arrival of the birds and why their appearance now isn't all that unusual.Lee 0131
1-30-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor talks about the unexpected spike in feedlot placements and comments on moves by the Trump administration on trade.Tonsor 0130
1-30-17Biodefense Update: Ron Trewyn discusses the readiness of U.S. agriculture in the event of a natural or an introduced disease threat to the country's food supply.Trewyn 0130
1-30-17Volunteerism: Amy Sollock talks about the principles of adult involvement in 4-H and youth programs.
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1-30-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0130
1-27-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien explains the ethanol industry's efforts to draw more corn and grain sorghum into biofuel production, and he talks about trends in China's grain production and exports.
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1-27-17Data Management for Producers: Ajay Sharda and Terry Griffin look at the main talking points from last week's Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference.Sharda 0127
1-27-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0127
1-27-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0127
1-26-17Topdress Nitrogen and Winter Wheat: Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz looks at maximizing efficiency as producers attempt to economize on their wheat input costs. Ruiz-Diaz 0126
1-26-17Crop Soil Biology: Peter Tomlinson explains why producers should be familiar with it as part of their crop field management, presented at last week's Cover Your Acres conference. Tomlinson 0126
1-26-17Choosing Ornamental Plants for the Landscape:  Jason Griffin of K-State's John C. Pair Horticulture Center in Wichita offers tips.Griffin 0126
1-26-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0126
1-25-17Intensifying Ag Production, Part 1:  Visiting scientist Achim Dobermann discusses feeding the world's growing population, as well as the importance of more public investment in agricultural research to develop technologies and productions systems.Dobermann1 0125
1-25-17Intensifying Ag Production, Part 2 Dobermann2 0125
1-25-17Pathogen Danger in Baked Goods: Randy Phebus reports on his laboratory's timely research.Phebus 0125
1-25-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0125
1-24-17Ice Damage and Other Problems: Romulo Lollato advises producers to inspect their wheat fields now to address various issues. Lollato 0124
1-24-17Calving Intervention: A.J. Tarpoff discusses when a cow-calf producer should take action, from his series of K-State Beef Calving Schools recently held around Kansas. Tarpoff 0124
1-24-17Raising Pheasant and Quail Chicks: Charlie Lee reports on a new assessment of a system designed to raise chicks for eventual release into the wild.
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1-24-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0124
1-23-17Weekly Cattle Market Report:  Lee Schulz of ISU talks about the narrowing of beef packer margins and whether that will stem the current tide of higher cattle prices.Schulz_0123
1-23-17Prescribed Burning Workshops: Walt Fick talks about the aspects of prescribed pasture burning that will be highlighted at K-State's series of workshops around Kansas in the coming weeks.Fick_0123
1-23-17Upcoming 4-H Events: Sarah Keatley talks about participating in two of the keystone annual 4-H events coming up: Citizenship in Action and 4-H Discovery Days.Keatley_0123
1-23-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0123
1-20-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on potentially greater expansion of soybean acres, and reviews grain futures price trend probabilities.O'Brien 0120
1-20-17Larger Drones: NDSU's John Nowatzki talks about using larger unmanned aerial vehicles in collecting crop field data.Nowatzki 0120
1-20-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0120
1-20-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0120
1-19-17USDA Crop Payments: Art Barnaby talks about an interactive tool from K-State that allows growers to forecast payments in particular counties.  He also addresses the latest on the wheat price convergence issue. Barnaby 0119
 1-19-17CRP Update, Part 1: FSA's Rod Winkler gives options for landowners with playa lake features on their property, and reminds crop producers of the various deadlines ahead. Winkler1 0119
 1-19-17CRP Update, Part 2 Winkler2 0119
 1-19-17Pruning Ice-Damaged Trees: Ward Upham gives tips on proper procedures.
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1-18-17Coordinating Beef Calving Season With Grazing Resources: K.C. Olson discusses his research at K-State's 2017 Cow-Calf Conference last week in Manhattan.Olson 0118
1-18-17E-coli and Beef Processing: Randy Phebus provides a progress report on a multi-year national research project, identifying effective ways of eliminating the threat.
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1-18-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0118
1-18-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0118
1-17-17Evaluating Reproductive Soundness: K-State veterinarian Brad White talks about several principles of evaluating the reproductive soundness of beef replacement heifers going into their first breeding season.White_0117
1-17-17Kansas Cattle Drive Preview: Reno County Extension agricultural agent Darren Busick looks ahead to the 2017 Kansas Cattle Drive taking place in Buhler in February, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. Busick_0117
1-17-17Benefits of Hunting, Trapping: Charlie Lee talks about talks about the economic importance of hunting and trapping as effective methods of wildlife damage control.Lee_0117
1-17-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News_0117
1-16-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Jim Robb of LMIC talks about the expected slowdown in meat production in 2017 which he believes will help improve profitability for cattle producers.Robb 0116
1-16-17Cold Stress in the Cow Herd: Justin Waggoner notes the critical temperatures for cows, and talks about winter feed rations that will provide cows energy to ward off cold stress.Waggoner 0116
1-16-174-H Health Programs: Andrea Feldkamp talks about the various health-related programs offered.
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1-16-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0116
1-13-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien goes over key market signals from yesterday's USDA grain supply-and-demand report, including the remarkable falloff in expected winter wheat acreage.O'Brien 0113
1-13-17Optimum Wheat Yield Potential: Romulo Lollato reports on how much actual wheat yields have fallen short of potential the last several decades.Lollato 0113
1-13-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0113
1-13-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0113
 1-12-17Xtend Soybean Production System: Dallas Peterson talks about the the use of two dicamba herbicide products for weed control, and the numerous label restrictions that growers need to be fully acquainted with.Peterson 0112
1-12-17Sustainable Livestock Production:  The U.N.'s Pierre Gerber was a guest speaker at the Sustainable Crop-Livestock Symposium, and he spoke to how well sustainability is being received around the world.Gerber 0112
 1-12-17Soybean Production Schools: Ignacio Ciampitti previews the upcoming K-State events planned for the latter part of January at three locations in Kansas.Ciampitti 0112
1-12-17Home Landscape Improvements: Dennis Patton offers thoughts on wintertime planning.
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1-11-17Hessian Fly Damage: Jeff Whitworth advises wheat growers to evaluate wheat stands mid-winter to determine whether or not to replant that acreage to another crop this spring.Whitworth 0111
1-11-17USDA Farm Loans Update: FSA's Adrian Polansky talks about the significant recent increase in loan activity in Kansas, and outlines a new Conservation Reserve Program opportunity now available in Kansas.Polansky 0111
1-11-17Grain Sorghum Production Schools: Ignacio Ciampitti previews the K-State events coming up soon at several sites around the state.Ciampitti 0111
1-11-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0111
1-10-17Online Tool For Pasture Rental Rates: Mykel Taylor and Robin Reid explain how cow-calf and stocker cattle producers and landowners can enter information specific to their herd production and grazing conditions to arrive at a rate that's fair and equitable.Taylor 1010
1-10-17SowBridge and PorkBridge: Joel DeRouchey tells about distance education opportunities for which registration is due next week. Bob Weaber previews of the upcoming series of K-State Winter Ranch Management Seminars for cow-calf producers.Derouchey 1010
1-10-17Jackrabbit Damage to Crop Fields: Charlie Lee talks about contending with the problem which is intensifying as the natural habitat for jackrabbits dwindles.Lee 1010
1-10-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1010
1-9-17Weekly Cattle Market Report:  Derrell Peel of OSU talks about the upcoming USDA cattle inventory report and what it might say about the slowdown in the cattle herd expansion. Peel_0109
1-9-17Dystocia: Bob Weaber talks about herd genetics management to minimize the incidents of dystocia at calving time. Weaber_0109
1-9-174-H College Assistance: Aliah Mestrovich Seay talks about the new pilot program in SE Kansas under the 4-H Youth Futures/College Within Reach initiative. Seay_0109
1-9-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News_0109
1-6-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on the modest improvement in grain prices and previews next week's USDA's monthly grain supply-and-demand report.O'Brien 0106
1-6-17Food Safety Modernization Act: Cassie Jones looks at the new safety requirements and how they might impact what farmers and ranchers pay for commercially-milled feed, and if these regulations apply to on-farm or feedlot feed milling.Jones 0106
1-6-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0106
1-6-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0106
1-5-17Soil Compaction: DeAnn Presley talks about accurately identifying and treating compaction problems in a crop field. Presley 0105
1-5-17Cow-Calf Herd Records: Sandy Johnson talks about keeping tabs on the cow inventory and overall management of the herd regularly and more accurately. Johnson 0105
1-5-17Vegetable Garden Planting Guide: Ward Upham promotes the new edition as helpful when shopping for garden seed from the catalogs this winter. Upham 0105
1-4-172017 Chemical Weed Control Guide: Curt Thompson announces the updated guide's availability to help producers select and employ herbicides. Thompson 0104
1-4-17Event Preview: Janel Koons talks about the agenda for February's 2017 Women Managing the Farm Conference in Manhattan. Koons 0104
1-4-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0104
1-4-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0104
1-3-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor speaks to beef demand factors, international trade issues and the ongoing debate over price discovery in the cattle trades.Tonsor 0103
1-3-17Cow-Calf Cost Management: Dustin Pendell analyze the variables based on Kansas Farm Management Association data.Pendell 0103
1-3-174-H Leadership Opportunities: Beth Hinshaw previews an assortment of upcoming events for youth.
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1-3-17Bats Concerns: Charlie Lee talks about why bats occasionally emerge from their winter slumber, which causes concern for some homeowners.Lee 0103