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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - August 16, 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.






WHEAT VARIETY PERFORMANCE (I)  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Agronomists at Kansas State University have just finished up their report on wheat variety performance in Kansas for this year, based on their field trials all around the state.  That report serves as a valuable source of information for wheat growers in preparation for planting the next crop.  K-State’s Jane Lingenfelser (LING-en-FELL-zer) is in charge of the annual wheat variety trials.  Here, she reports on the performance of the five most-widely planted varieties by acreage, starting with the top variety.           


                                             Track 2    (:30)    Q…in the tests.


Here’s how the second and third most popular varieties performed.


                                             Track 3   (:36)    Q...central Kansas region.


As for the performance of the final two varieties in the top five, Lingenfelser offers this assessment.


                                             Track 4   (:49)    Q...in the performance tests.


TAG:  That’s K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser.  The 2019 Kansas Wheat Variety Performance report in its entirety can be found at www.agronomy.ksu.edu



WHEAT VARIETY PERFORMANCE (II) (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Once again, a long lineup of wheat varieties were entered in Kansas State University’s 2019 Wheat Variety Performance Test.  The results of those field trials from 12 locations around the state are now in, and available to wheat producers as a guide to variety selection for next year’s crop.  The most recognizable variety names are all included in the trials…along with several brand-new wheat lines, some of which are on the verge of public release.  K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser (LING-en-FELL-zer) oversees the university’s crop performance tests.  She talks about the new entries from the Kansas Wheat Alliance program that went through their first evaluation.                


                                             Track 6    (:48)    Q…and southwest regions.


Additionally, a handful of new wheats out of the Oklahoma program were entered in this year’s trials.


                                             Track 7   (:19)    Q...at the south-central region.


And a trio of varieties out of the Nebraska wheat program made their debut in the K-State field tests.   


                                             Track 8   (:31)    Q...in the southwest region.


TAG:  K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser.  The performance results of all the varieties, old and new, can now be found in the 2019 K-State Wheat Variety Performance Test report…available at www.agronomy.ksu.edu.  



ANIMAL SCIENCE LEADER    (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





An accomplished scientist in the cattle reproduction field has just taken the reins of the Department of Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University.  And he says he’s quite enthused about what’s ahead for that department in its research, teaching and Extension efforts.  Recently the head of the animal sciences department at the University of Wyoming, Mike Day now serves in the same capacity at K-State.  Previously, he was a cattle reproductive physiologist at Ohio State University for 30 years, where his achievements were more than noteworthy.           


                                             Track 10    (:40)    Q…for many years.


So what attracted Day to K-State?  In part, he says, it’s the broad swath of areas that it serves.


                                             Track 11   (:41)    Q...in the U.S.


And another big draw to K-State, he adds, is the strong relationship between the department and the agricultural producers and other stakeholders it serves. 


                                             Track 12   (:40)    Q...people that are here.


TAG:  That’s Mike Day, the new head of the Animal Sciences and Industry Department at Kansas State University.  




CATTLE TRACEABILITY INCENTIVES   (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






Developing a cattle tracking system for the purpose of disease traceability is of high priority in the beef industry right now.  But producer acceptance and participation in any system is paramount.  And a new economic study out of Kansas State University identified what will incentivize producers to take part.  K-State agricultural economics researcher James Mitchell led this project.  He shares more about its objective.                    


                                             Track 14    (1:05)    Q…form of traceability.


And to answer those questions, Mitchell polled producers and cattle buyers directly.


                                             Track 15   (:17)    Q...traceability attributes.


The findings, says Mitchell, weren’t all that surprising…but still were valuable in confirming what’s important to producers and buyers economically when it comes to committing to a traceability protocol.


                                             Track 16   (:28)    Q...receive moving forward.


TAG:  That’s agricultural economics researcher James Mitchell of Kansas State University, on the incentives guiding cattle producer and buyer interest in committing to a cattle traceability system.



WHEAT MANAGEMENT STUDY    (fully produced)        (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Any wheat producer knows that their crop yields are determined by an array of different factors.  But trying to narrow that down, a K-State wheat production specialist recently completed a regional study of wheat management practices, and wheat variety traits…and how those combine to drive yields. K-State’s Romulo Lollato (ROHM-ah-low  low-LOT-toe) took advantage of the wealth of historical information on wheat variety performance from Kansas and adjoining states, and coupled it with producer survey data on wheat management trends.


                                             Track 18    (:32)    Q…that are of interest.


And for the purpose of this analysis, Lollato assessed the data by homogenous wheat growing regions that cross state lines.  Here’s an idea of what he discovered.


                                             Track 19   (:40)    Q...actually improved yields.


Then, he brought in the variety traits factor, aligning those with yield performance from 20 years worth of data. Again, here’s what he found for the northwest Kansas/northeast Colorado region.


                                             Track 20   (:34)    Q...on the management.


TAG:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato.  Find out more about his work on wheat management and variety trait impacts on wheat yields at www.agronomy.ksu.edu



The 5 features below are sound bites only






PREPARE KANSAS 2019September is National Preparedness Month and in conjunction with that, K-State Research and Extension conducts its month-long Prepare Kansas challenge to help people prepare in advance of a disaster. Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says this year’s challenge focuses on food safety before, during and after a power outage.

Q...appropriate theme.




DISASTER PREPARATIONBecause Kansas is a four season state, it’s possible to experience a wide variety of weather-related events throughout the year, such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and ice storms. Kiss (kish) says the first step in disaster preparation is to make an emergency kit.

Q...your community.

Tag: If you already have an emergency kit, Kiss (kish) says this is a good time to make sure the first aid supplies are in order, rotate the food and water out and review its location with everyone in the family. For a complete list of the suggested items for an emergency kit, go to: ready.gov.




WHEN POWER GOES OUTWhile we have no control over whether or not the power goes out, Kiss (kish) says there are some steps that can be taken when conditions are more favorable for an outage.

Q...to put the ice in.

Tag: Kiss (kish) also suggests reviewing your homeowners’ policy to see whether food loss from a power outage is covered. If you have a freezer – or multiple freezers – packed with meat, insurance coverage with a reasonable deductible would offer some peace of mind at a nominal cost.




KNOW THE TEMPERATUREIf the power goes out, resist the temptation to open the refrigerator and freezer doors. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if the door is kept closed and a full freezer will keep food in the safe zone for about 48 hours. When the power returns, check the temperature inside the refrigerator and freezer and discard any perishable food that has been above 40-degrees for two hours or more. Kiss (kish) says always having a thermometer inside refrigerators and freezers allows you to know right away if the food is safe to eat.

Q...will stay healthy.




PREPARE KANSAS BLOGPrepare Kansas 2019 starts September 1st. Kiss (kish) says all of the information and weekly challenges will be posted on the Prepare Kansas blog.

Q...Prepare Kansas.

Tag: Additional information about Prepare Kansas 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






PATHWAYS TO HEALTHWhen setting out towards a destination or goal, it’s important to have directions, a plan for getting there. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, says a community organization in far west Kansas is helping its citizens take aim at a healthier way of life.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






PRICING CORN SILAGEMany dairy producers are starting to ask questions about how to price corn silage this year. While pricing corn silage may be more difficult this year than in previous years, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) discusses several factors that should be considered when calculating a fair price for corn silage.

Q...(theme music)







MISSISSIPPI KITE STUDYThe Mississippi kite is a raptor found in most parts of Kansas.  Its vigorous consumption of insects makes it a beneficial bird. However, at times people are annoyed, and even frightened, by its aggressive behavior as the kite protects its nesting areas.  There’s a new study of that behavior that K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on this week.

Q...(theme music)







FALL LAWN RENOVATIONThe heat of summer will soon give way to cooler early fall temperatures…the perfect conditions for renovating a tall fescue lawn.  Homeowners can start planning for that project right now, and K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle recommends getting things lined out in advance.  He talks about the initial steps to overseeding fescue or completely starting over.

Q...(theme music)






PREPARE KANSAS 2019In Kansas, it’s possible to see a variety of weather-related events throughout the year, such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and ice storms. These weather events often cause power outages. In conjunction with September being National Preparedness Month, K-State Research and Extension’s Prepare Kansas 2019 – an online challenge to be prepared ahead of a disaster – is focusing on knowing what to do when the power goes out. Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says the challenge helps prevent food loss and reduces the risk of consuming contaminated food.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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CONTROLLING POISON IVYIdentifying and controlling poison ivy is often difficult. The saying “leaves of three, let it be” is generally a good rule to follow. However, a number of other woody plants and vines have three leaflets. K-State forester Ryan Armbrust (arm-broost) discusses the options for controlling this widely despised native plant in the home landscape.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



DEW POINT It’s a measurement referenced in most TV weather reports, but just what is the dew point?  Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains.

Q...Research and Extension.



CRICKETSCan a common insect tell you the current temperature? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s possible, if you listen very closely.

Q...Research and Extension.



CLIMATE ZONESIf you enjoy the variety of weather conditions our state has to offer, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says, “you’re in the zone.”

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



INTENSIVE WHEAT MANAGEMENTVariety selection remains an important factor in succeeding with a wheat crop.  However, approaches to crop management may have superseded variety performance in terms of importance.  That’s being illustrated by ongoing research by a K-State wheat production specialist, as highlighted by Marsha Boswell on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q...I’m Marsha Boswell.




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