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For Radio Stations - K-State Radio Network - April 19, 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.






NATIVE PASTURE OUTLOOK   (fully produced)    (Brityne Rucker)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Many livestock producers are anxiously looking forward to grazing pasture, but many are wondering due to the abundant amount of moisture we received in our native pastures recently, what the grazing season will look like. Range and pasture management specialist from K-State, Walt Fick gives an assessment of grazing grasses throughout Kansas.   


                                             Track 2    (:53)    Q…plants will start growth.


And even with the recent moisture and a potential for a great grazing season, Fick is advising producers to stick with their long-term stocking rates.


                                             Track 3   (:43)    Q...overdo it.


And supplementation could be a consideration. Due to potential cloudy and colder weather slowing plant growth, Fick warns producers cattle could graze ahead of the grasses and has the potential to not get enough intake.


                                             Track 4   (:16)    Q...a little short.


TAG:  That was Walt Fick, range and pasture management specialist from K-State.



FARM MACHINERY INVESTMENT (fully produced)     (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





Two agricultural economists at Kansas State University are in the midst of a running analysis of consistently profitable farms in Kansas, and why they succeed economically.  To date, they’ve examined farm size and debt structure as factors that would influence farm profitability.  Most recently, they looked at the extent to which a farm’s machinery investment affects the bottom line. One of them, Gregg Ibendahl (EYE-ben-doll) reiterates the idea behind this series of studies.                 


                                             Track 6    (:34)    Q…half of the farms.


As for this latest effort, the focus was on the farm’s tendencies in machinery investment…the thought being that the more a producer has tied up economically in machinery, the slimmer the profits.  Ibendahl reports, though, that they discovered quite the opposite.


                                             Track 7   (:45)    Q...bought more machinery.


Ibendahl offers another possible explanation for this finding, saying that he intends to dig into this further.


                                             Track 8   (:24)    Q...further with our analysis.


TAG:  K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl, telling of the results of his new economic analysis, “Top Farms and the Effect of Investing in Machinery”.  A more detailed article on this work can be found at www.agmanager.info



CATTLE DISEASE STUDY   (fully produced)    (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.





A blood-borne disease called anaplasmosis (AN-ah-plas-MOE-sis) costs the U.S. cattle industry $300 million per year.  And nearly half of the cow-calf herds in Kansas are infected with it.  To date, treatment protocols have come up short in controlling or preventing the disease.  That has prompted a new study being launched at Kansas State University, supported by a $1.2 million grant from the USDA.  Spearheading this 4-year project at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be Katie Reif (Rife).                


                                             Track 10    (:51)    Q…not clearing the infection.


So one of the main objectives of this multi-layered study will be to test alternative treatment approaches using the currently-available products.


                                             Track 11   (:29)    Q...your anaplas problem.


And Reif says that this project will be fully oriented toward anaplasmosis control that’s affordable at the farm and ranch level.


                                             Track 12   (:31)    Q...animal as well.


TAG:  That’s veterinary researcher Katie Reif from K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  She’ll be overseeing new USDA-sponsored research into more effective ways of combatting anaplasmosis disease in beef cattle.



FOOD ANIMAL CHALLENGES (fully produced)   (Eric Atkinson)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University recently honored one of its graduates as its 2019 Alumni Fellow.  This year’s recipient logged a highly-successful career as a bovine health researcher at Auburn University, followed by an 11-year stint as an executive with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.  And he says that the food animal industry needs to continue responding to challenges.  Gatz Riddell (GATES rid-DELL) says that animal agriculture must push back against activists who intentionally misrepresent food animal production practices.                 


                                             Track 14    (:49)    Q…horrible, that’s horrendous.


But Riddell says that, at the same time, food animal agriculture needs to pick its battles wisely.


                                             Track 15   (:27)    Q...in the marketplace.


He believes, in the end, food animal products will more than hold their own in the marketplace, and that the outlook remains bright.


                                             Track 16   (:41)    Q...desire for animal protein.


TAG:  Comments from acclaimed veterinarian Gatz Riddell, the 2019 Alumni Fellow for the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.



BULL BREEDING SOUNDNESS  (fully produced)        (Brityne Rucker)

Q…K-State Radio Network.






April is well underway and many cattle producers are likely looking ahead to the spring breeding season. Though due to the recent harsh winter, many bulls are not passing their breeding soundness exams. K-State beef veterinarian A.J Tarpoff (TAR-poff) is advising producers to get breeding soundness exams to ensure your bulls are fit going into the breeding season.


                                             Track 18    (:42)    Q…purchase another bull.


And even for those bulls that do not pass their breeding soundness exam first time out, Tarpoff recommends waiting a couple of weeks to perform another BSE before turn-out.


                                             Track 19   (:49)    Q...at a later date.


Tarpoff stresses the importance of a breeding soundness exam for not only insurance on fertility, but also insurance for the cow- calf producer. 


                                             Track 20   (:31)    Q...get one scheduled.


TAG:  That was A.J Tarpoff, a beef veterinarian at Kansas State University.



The 5 features below are sound bites only






MAKING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICESHealthy eating habits are a front line defense against obesity – which in simplest terms – happens when we take in more calories than we burn. In the United States, almost 25% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says children have an innate ability to know when they’re hungry and when they’re full.

Q...not ready, right now.




CREATE A POSITIVE ASSOCIATION Food is often used as a reward. Unfortunately, food is also used as a punishment. Associate professor in human nutrition and Extension specialist at Kansas State University, Tanda (tawn-duh) Kidd, cautions adults against using food to reward or punish a child because it can create a negative association with food.

Q...academically, as well.





SAME FOOD, SMALLER PORTIONSSo, just what kind of food options should children have? Procter says the guidelines for children are essentially the same as for adults – just on a smaller scale.

Q...a dairy serving.




OFFER HEALTHY SNACK OPTIONSSnacks are an important part of a healthy diet. Kidd says it’s a fact that snacks are going to happen. The key is to provide children with a variety of healthy options.

Q...a little sodium.




KIDS NEED CALCIUM-RICH FOODS Calcium is a nutrient most children – from toddlers up to teens – don’t get enough of. Keeping the refrigerator stocked with low fat milk, yogurt and cheeses is one way to add calcium to a child’s diet. Procter says introducing calcium-rich foods when they’re young will improve the odds that they’ll continue to eat those foods into adulthood.

Q...set ‘em up right.

Tag: More information on nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight 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






MARK NUTSCHThere probably aren’t many people that can say, “Hollywood made a movie about me!” Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of a native Kansan who is the subject of an action-adventure movie – a story he lived to tell.

Q...with Kansas Profile.






MILK PRODUCTION TRENDSThe Central Milk Marketing administrator recently published some of the final numbers for milk production in 2018. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) looks at the numbers and trends and what it could mean for milk prices in 2019.

Q...(theme music)







BACKYARD BIRD FEEDINGMillions of homeowners in this country routinely feed birds in their yards.  And a recent survey asked a group of backyard bird feeders to report on the bird activity they’ve observed at their locations.  The idea is to get a better handle of bird response to artificial feeding, as well as the roles that predators and disease plat at those feeding sites.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at this.

Q...(theme music)







LAWN WEED CONTROLWith spring weather finally here for good, homeowners should start ramping up their lawn weed control programs.   That advice comes from K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle, starting with attacking broadleaf weed issues like dandelion escapes from last fall and assorted other weed problems.  He also recommends putting down a pre-emergence control product against summer lawn weeds at this time as well.

Q...(theme music)






MAKING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICESHealthy eating habits are a front line defense against obesity – which in simplest terms – happens when we take in more calories than we burn. In the United States, almost 25% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea. Two Kansas State University nutrition specialists say children who develop healthy eating habits early in life are more likely to maintain those healthy eating habits over the course of their life.

Q…K-State Radio Network.



TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service

cut 32 contains music; cut 33 does not



CELEBRATING ARBOR DAYArbor Day is April 26th. K-State forester Charles Barden discusses the history of Arbor Day and the important role it plays in raising awareness of trees and helping the environment. In addition to planting a tree, he says there are a number of ways we can celebrate Arbor Day.

Q…(theme music)



(same as above, but without music bed)

Q...K-State Radio Network.



WEATHER WONDERS with Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU



FROSTY NIGHTS When you hear the phrase, “cloud cover,” are you reminded of the covers on your bed? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) says it’s a fitting metaphor.

Q...Research and Extension.



A LATE FREEZEPerhaps it’s those weekend plans, or the garden seedlings you just planted. But the further we get into spring, the more concern there seems to be over a late freeze. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks into the record books.

Q...Research and Extension.



PHENOLOGYYou’ve heard of meteorology and climatology – but what about phenology? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has the story about this field of study devoted to changes.

Q...Research and Extension.



WHEAT SCOOP from the Kansas Wheat Commission



MIDDLE-EAST WHEAT BUYERSThe Kansas wheat industry recently hosted a group of wheat customers from two middle-east countries for an informational tour.  These buyers were able to become better acquainted with several aspects of wheat production, marketing and usage.  Jordan Hildebrand recaps their experience on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Q... this is Jordan Hildebrand.




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