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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - January 18, 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.






SOYBEAN VARIETY PERFORMANCE   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Long delayed by persistently wet field conditions this past fall, K-State agronomists were finally able to harvest and record their soybean variety test plots around Kansas very late in 2018.  And the variety performance report is now available to soybean growers as valuable information for seed selection for this year.  K-State’s Jane Lingenfelser (LING-en-fell-zer) talks about the evaluation protocol at eight sites around the state.    


                                             Track 2    (:44)    Q…the time investment.


Here, Lingenfelser lists the maturity group three and four varieties that stood out in the performance tests at three or more locations in Kansas this past growing season.


                                             Track 3   (:32)    Q...and four maturity groups.


Likewise, she points out the group four and five varieties that rose to the top.


                                             Track 4   (:38)    Q...five maturity groups.


TAG:  K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser there.   The entire 2018 Kansas Soybean Variety Test Report from Kansas State University can be found on line at www.agronomy.ksu.edu, or hard copies can be obtained at local Extension offices.



PLANTER SEED CONTROL  (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Advances in crop planter technology were among the lead topics at the recent Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference co-sponsored by Kansas State University.  In specific, a new K-State evaluation of planter down-force control systems was shared with that audience…the results of which were rather impressive.  K-State precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda gives the background on this planter down-force project.



                                             Track 6    (:23)    Q…placing the seeds accurately.


The objective was to assess the performance of these systems in attaining greater planting efficiency in the field.


                                             Track 7   (:43)    Q...for the producers.


And in fact, these down-force systems are grading out very well in placing crop seed where it needs to be in the row at much faster-than-normal field speeds.


                                             Track 8   (:48)    Q...wide planting speeds.


TAG:   K-State precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda, talking about the findings of his new field test of planter down-force control systems.



CROP REPORT ABSENCE  (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





As a result of the prolonged partial government shutdown, several USDA grain production, supply and demand reports have been postponed indefinitely.  And the grain markets have moved forward without the benefit of those USDA numbers…but that information still remains vital, according to a K-State grain market economist.  Dan O’Brien says that the absence of the USDA reports which were to be released the second week of January is not without consequences.                  


                                             Track 10    (:50)    Q…is very, very possible.


Nor have the markets had access to grain usage numbers, which O’Brien notes are currently important to feedgrain price discovery in particular.


                                             Track 11   (:27)    Q...gauge of the usage.


Also, uncertainty about how much winter wheat was actually planted this past fall would have been addressed in a USDA report earlier this month.  However, that is on hold as well.


                                             Track 12   (:38)    Q...go after all that.


TAG:  That’s K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien, on the USDA grain production and consumption information gap caused by the partial government shutdown.



SCOURS DISEASE IN CALVES  (fully produced)   (Brityne Rucker)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The spring calving season has already commenced for a number of cow calf operators in Kansas and the bulk of that activity will gin up here pretty quickly throughout the next serval weeks. As producers prepare or in the midst of calving, producers need to take heed and do what they can to minimizing the calf health issues and even loses at the hands of neonatal diarrhea, also known as scours. Director of the production animal field investigations unit for the veterinary diagnostic laboratory at Kansas State University, Gregg Hanzlicek (HANZ-el-check) talks more about scours disease in calves.            


                                             Track 14    (:18)    Q…at least once a year.


Here, Hanzlicek points out the importance of hydration to ensure your calves health.


                                           Track 15   (:51)    Q...under does those calves.


Hanzlicek goes on to stress the importance of cleanliness to insure not only your herds health, but as well as yours. 


                                             Track 16   (:40)    Q...people in household.


TAG:  That was Gregg Hanzlicek from the veterinary diagnostic laboratory at Kansas State University. For more information on this health condition or other issues concerning your herd health and management, you can go to this simple web address: ksvdl.org for the veterinary diagnostic laboratory…ksvdl.org. 



KANSAS 4-H GOAL SETTING    (fully produced)        (Brityne Rucker)

Q…K-State Radio Network.



KANSAS 4-H GOAL SETTING (soundbites)


The Kansas 4-H year runs from October to October, so now is a good time for 4-H youth to not only be setting goals for the project year, but to be writing down those goals and be thinking of how they’ll accomplish the goals they set. Kansas 4-H has a publication that can assist youth in this process. Southwest area 4-H youth development specialist, Amy Sollock, says the goal is to help youth to be more intentional about their project learning.  


                                             Track 18    (:13)    Q…beginning of 4-H year.


There is a new publication that deals with ways the youth can set those goals. The publication educates on the importance of goal setting and specific steps to success. 


                                             Track 19   (1:02)    Q...I can accomplish.


Sollock points out the ease of goal setting and where the idea of an interactive goal setting worksheet sparked from.


                                             Track 20   (:35)    Q...sit down and complete.


TAG:  That’s southwest area 4-H youth development specialist Amy Sollock. To get a copy of the publication go to kansas4h.org, search online for “setting 4-H project goals” or simply contact your local extension office. 



The 5 features below are sound bites only






TAKE EVERYTHING OUTWhile cleaning the refrigerator, oven, freezer, cabinets and drawers is typically a spring project, now is actually a good time to tackle those kitchen projects. And, at the same time, you can take an inventory of the things that might be creating clutter, are no longer being used or are well past their expiration date. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee says the first step is to take everything out of the cabinets.

Q...of your favorites.




USE BINS AND BASKETSOnce everything is out and the cabinets have been cleaned, Blakeslee suggests using organizers to keep things separated and easy to find.

Q...in one spot.





GROUP FOODS TOGETHERTo organize a food cabinet, cupboard or pantry, Blakeslee recommends taking a page from the grocery store and grouping similar foods together.

Q...oldest product first.




DISCARD OUTDATED FOODAs part of the organizing process, you’ll likely find food items that are no longer within their expiration date. Blakeslee says to discard any canned goods, dry goods, spices, dairy or meat that no longer fall within the expiration date stamped on the label.

Q...find things easily.




WHAT DO THE DATES MEAN?Because the shelf life of food can vary, expiration dates are used. However, Blakeslee says the terms “sell by” and “use by” or “best if used by” can be confusing.

Q...for quality and flavor.

Tag: More information on food and food safety 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






CLARA REYESDOS MUNDOSFor immigrants starting a new life in America, surmounting the language barrier can be a challenge. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of an entrepreneur who helped Kansas City’s Hispanic community bring two worlds together through communication.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






INCREASING INCOME ON THE FARMBecause of the market conditions, most dairy producers had limited cash flow in 2018. To try to turn that around, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) says producers have to continue to trim expenses and find new ways to increase the amount of milk they’re selling off the farm.

Q...(theme music)







PEN-RAISED QUAIL STUDYHistorically, raising game birds in captivity and then releasing them into the wild has met with little success.  Identifying the reasons for that has proven difficult.  However, a new study out of Texas sheds some light on this.  The study compared raptor predation on pen-raised and wild-reared quail, and K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the results this week.

Q...(theme music)







PRUNING LANDSCAPE ORNAMENTALSAs winter grudgingly affords us a few decent days outdoors, homeowners can go ahead and conduct whatever pruning is necessary on certain landscape trees and shrubs.  So says K-State forester Charlie Barden.  He offers general guidelines on making pruning decisions, including what plant material to prune now and should be left for later in the year.

Q...(theme music)






A SAFE AND ORGANIZED KITCHENWhile cleaning the refrigerator, oven, freezer, cabinets and drawers is typically a spring project, now is a good time to tackle those kitchen projects. At the same time, you can take an inventory of things that might be creating clutter, are no longer being used or are now well beyond their expiration date. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee has tips for organizing, and in some cases, totally reorganizing the kitchen.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

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USDA FOREST SERVICE INVENTORYAccording to a report from the USDA Forest Service, the Northern Great Plains, which includes Kansas, has 6-point-8 million acres of forestland and another 5-point-1 million acres and 458 million trees that don’t qualify as forestland but are critical for windbreaks and riparian woodlands. K-State forester Bob Atchison takes a closer look at the Forest Service Inventory for 2011-2015.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



HIGHS AND LOWS Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) says the date of January 21st is associated with several weather records.

Q...Research and Extension.



SOME BIG SWINGSMassive storm systems and cold air masses can sometimes result in dizzying drops in temperature. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp reveals some surprising numbers.

Q...Research and Extension.



WINTER MOISTUREWhen it comes to winter moisture, “snow” and “sleet” barely scratch the list of different forms. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains what else to watch for.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



2018 COMMODITY CLASSICAll grain producers are invited to take part in the annual Kansas Commodity Classic, which is just days ahead now.  The top four grain producer organizations in the state sponsor this event, and they again have assembled a well-rounded informational program for attendees.  Marsha Boswell has the details on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q... I’m Marsha Boswell.




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