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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - June 7, 2019

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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.






SUMMER ANNUAL FORAGES  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





For cattle producers who weren’t able to plant corn silage on time because of incessantly wet fields, there are other summer annual forage options worth considering.  And a K-State agronomist says that a producer can really put the accent on forage quality this year.  John Holman is one of the K-State researchers who’s involved with the university’s yearly summer annual forage field trials.  He says there are a number of alternatives to corn silage.     


                                             Track 2    (:30)    Q…product to look at.


And while producers are always interested in forage tonnage, a producer can likely give more credence to forage quality this year, according to Holman.


                                             Track 3   (:40)    Q...forage resources around.


He urges producers to take full advantage of the information in K-State’s forage field trials report when selecting a summer annual forage for planting this month.  It can be found on the K-State agronomy web site.


                                             Track 4   (:46)    Q...initiate that ration.


TAG:  With some thoughts on planting a summer annual forage as a cattle feedstuff, that’s K-State agronomist John Holman. 



CORN NITROGEN LOSSES (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Oversoaked corn stands from last month’s rainfall bring up worries about nitrogen losses from those fields.  Fortunately, those losses could be much less than one might expect, according to a K-State crop nutrient specialist. Before a field can be subject to nitrogen losses, the nitrogen must be converted to the nitrate form first.  And the recent wet and cool conditions have not been conducive to that, says Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz (DOOR-ah-var roo-EEZ DEE-az).        


                                             Track 6    (:44)    Q…lack of oxygen.


And soil temperatures in general have been too cool to prompt nitrification.


                                             Track 7   (:31)    Q...process of nitrification.


Also, if a producer used a fertilizer additive which discourages nitrification, so much the better, says Ruiz-Diaz.


                                             Track 8   (:38)    Q...that process to happen.


TAG:  The message from K-State crop nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz is that corn growers shouldn’t jump to conclusions about nitrogen losses.  Confirm those first before taking any action.  



LATE SOYBEAN PLANTING   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Considerable soybean acreage is yet to be planted, because of overly-wet field conditions.  K-State research indicates that producers can often succeed with a soybean stand planted in June if certain adjustments are made.  K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti (ig-NAW-SEE-oh SEE-am-PIT-tee) says that even late June soybean plantings can yield sufficiently. In this instance, he does recommend that producers think about going with narrower row spacing.     


                                             Track 10    (:51)    Q…have a good canopy.


Also, hiking seeding rates modestly will help late-planted soybeans succeed.


                                             Track 11   (:27)    Q...light is always good.


When seeding the crop late, producers often think that switching to a shorter-season soybean variety is necessary.  That may or may not be the case, says Ciampitti.


                                             Track 12   (:33)    Q...with no problem.


TAG:  With recommendations on planting soybeans in June, that’s K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti.  Ask your local Extension agricultural agent for more guidance on this.



ROOTLESS CORN SYNDROME  (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

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The corn crop in Kansas is off to an auspicious start.  Planting was delayed in many areas of the state, and the stands that did get planted were oversaturated by rainfall.  This has led to a condition called rootless corn syndrome, and a K-State crop production specialist has more on that.  Poor corn root development is the result of several layers of adversity, as explained here by Ignacio Ciampitti (ig-NAW-SEE-oh SEE-am-PIT-tee).           


                                             Track 14    (:39)    Q…first few inches.


So what are the main indicators of these corn root issues?  Ciampitti says they will be readily apparent.


                                             Track 15   (:55)    Q...issues on this.


As for the chances of poorly-rooted corn bouncing back and producing decently at all, it’s a touch-and-go situation, according to Ciampitti.  He advises growers to sample their stands for confirmation of those root deficiencies before making any decisions.


                                             Track 16   (:24)    Q...developed or not.


TAG:  On rootless corn syndrome, that’s K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti.



WILDFIRE TRAINING SUPPOR  (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





For the first time in state history, the Kansas legislature has appropriated funds to the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University for statewide wildfire suppression and mitigation efforts.  This is an important step forward in the cause of wildfire control and prevention, according to the K-State official who will oversee this newly-funded program. State fire management officer Mark Neely outlines this initiative.     


                                             Track 18    (:37)    Q…for wildfires also.


In ramping up wildfire control training for rural volunteer fire departments, this new funding will place expert trainers across the state, as Neely explains.


                                             Track 19   (:36)    Q...they needed more frequently.


The other objective of this program is to reach out to rural residents and communities with information on protecting property from wildfires, and on wildfire prevention.


                                             Track 20   (:42)    Q...that right for us.


TAG:  That’s the state fire management officer with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Mark Neely.  To learn more about this new wildfire outreach program, go to www.kansasforests.org



The 5 features below are sound bites only






FOODS THAT AID HYDRATIONOur bodies depend on water to survive. Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in our body, including the heart, brain and muscles. The general rule is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. However, if that’s difficult for you to do, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter suggests adding foods to your diet that have a high water content, such as watermelons, cantaloupe, spinach, celery and iceberg lettuce – which just happen to be readily available right now.

Q...can hardly beat it.




THE BENEFITS OF SWEET CORNSummer is a great time to eat more of your favorite fruits and vegetables. They’re fresh, widely available, and something is always on sale. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals. An article in Eating Well Magazine identified eight healthy summer foods and drinks that are brimming with secret health benefits. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says sweet corn was number one on the list.

Q...a varied diet.

Tag: Tomatoes were also on the healthy summer foods list because they contain lycopene which may give your skin a little added protection from sunburn.





A CUP OF CAFFEINATED COFFEEAn iced coffee is not only very satisfying on a hot day, Procter says the research shows a single cup of caffeinated coffee offers some protection against developing skin cancer.

Q...benefits of coffee.

Tag: Iced tea also made the list. Tea is high in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids and studies show if you drink it regularly, you may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes, plus have healthier teeth and gums and stronger bones.  




MORE HEALTHY SUMMER FOODSThe list of healthy summer foods also includes tart cherries which can help you get a better night’s sleep, reduce post-workout pain and help you lose weight by activating a molecule that revs of fat burning and decreases fat storage. Procter says watermelon, blueberries and raspberries round out the list of healthy summer foods.

Q...four-and-a-half pounds.

Tag: The health benefits of watermelon include skin-protecting lycopene and the high water content keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable. The antioxidants in blueberries promote heart health, boost brain health and help fight muscle fatigue by alleviating inflammation.   




USE THEM AS SNACKS FOR KIDSBecause children don’t have access to school lunches in the summer, it’s essential for parents and caregivers to provide healthy meals and snacks. Procter suggests choosing any of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available now and making them an easy grab-and-go snack that kids can eat throughout the day.

Q...we’ve talked about.

Tag: More information on health and nutrition 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






TOM CIRCLE– PECANSPecans are usually associated with the southern states, especially Texas. But Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, recently encountered a family business in southeast Kansas that has made the pecan nut its lifeblood for at least three generations.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






HIGHLIGHTING ANIMAL WELFAREJune is National Dairy Month. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) is encouraging dairy operators to use this as an opportunity to not only show, but explain, to visitors the steps they are taking to promote animal welfare on their dairies.

Q...(theme music)







POND FISH INVENTORYIn order to maximize the fishing opportunities in farm ponds, a well-balanced fish population is necessary.  That is, the numbers of “predator” fish and “prey” fish must be in balance.  And the only way to know that is to take inventory of the fish.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee goes over a couple of methods of doing that.

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GARDEN FERTILIZER SIDEDRESSINGAs the growing season swings into full gear, home vegetable and flower gardeners might want to consider fertilizing their crops once more.  This is called “sidedressing”, and the procedure differs with the various plants.  This week, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham explains why fertilizer sidedressing is important to garden productivity, and walks through some of the general guidelines for doing so.

Q...(theme music)






HEALTHY SUMMER FOODSThe summer months are a perfect time to try new fruits and vegetables. They’re fresh, abundantly available, and typically less expensive than at any other time of the year. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter looks at eight healthy summer fruits, vegetables and drinks that taste great and offer a variety of health benefits.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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CEDAR APPLE RUSTThose strange-looking orange objects appearing on the branches of Eastern red cedar trees are the spore-producing body of one life stage of the cedar apple rust fungus. If these spores land on other apple trees, K-State forester Ryan Armbrust (arm-broost) says it can cause stress, early defoliation and possible damage to the fruit.

Q…(theme music)



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Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



HUMIDITY AND RAIN Some people associate humidity with precipitation; a balmy, sticky afternoon can only lead to thunderstorms that night. But Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) says, not so fast!

Q...Research and Extension.



EDDIESThey are the rebels, the problem children of wind currents. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about “eddies.”

Q...Research and Extension.



JUNE TORNADOESAs we near the end of the 2019 severe weather season, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp reminds us that we can still have plenty of severe weather in the month of June.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



WHEAT RUST RESEARCHStripe rust disease has been a formidable foe for central plains wheat growers for several years running. USDA researchers are collaborating with wheat scientists at Kansas State University to take the stripe rust challenge head-on. Marsha Boswell has the story on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q... I’m Marsha Boswell.




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