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1 / CROP SEEDLING DISEASES (fully produced) (Eric Atkinson) Q…K-State Radio Network. / 3:00
Seemingly every spring, sorghum and soybean growers end up contending with seedling diseases in their new stands. The damage these pathogens inflict can often set the stand back to the point where it never fully recovers, and productivity is lost. One K-State plant pathologist advises growers to identify ways of combatting these fungal diseases. Chris Little says it all starts with a fungicide treatment on soybean or sorghum seed.
Track 2 (:38) Q…kind of seed treatments.
There are other aspects of crop management that can contribute to this cause as well…beyond seed treatments.
Track 3 (:54) Q...that can be done.
And anything that can reduce stress on emerging seedlings is beneficial, according to Little. That includes being mindful of early-season herbicide applications.
Track 4 (:22) seedling pathogens.
TAG: On seedling disease prevention strategies for grain sorghum and soybeans, that’s K-State plant pathologist Chris Little.
5 / SEEDLING DISEASE RESEARCH (fully produced) (Eric Atkinson) Q…K-State Radio Network. / 3:00
The early onset of seedling diseases in soybean stands can set the crop back to the point that it never reaches its yield potential. That’s why plant pathologists at Kansas State University are actively researching the nature of these diseases. K-State’s Chris Little says there are three main seedling disease categories that afflict soybean production in the central plains.
Track 6 (:25) Q…the Fusarium pathogens.
The challenge with seedling diseases is in their varying characteristics, and how that relates to the degree of damage they do to young soybean plants.
Track 7 (:52) Q...disease at different levels.
Little says that he and research team are making headway in sorting out all of these disease variations, which then can allow soybean scientists to better identify genetic resistance to these pathogens.
Track 8 (:39) Q...materials for resistance.
TAG: Reporting on K-State research into soybean seeding diseases, that’s K-State plant pathologist Chris Little.
9 / HEAT DETECTION PATCHES (fully produced) (Eric Atkinson) Q…K-State Radio Network. / 3:00
Timing is critical when it comes to administering artificial insemination to beef cows and heifers. That in mind, one of the speakers at K-State’s recent Cattlemen’s Day lauded the value of heat detection patches for timed A-I. Livestock specialist Sandy Johnson of K-State has been conducting field trials on fixed-time A-I management. And she says that heat patches definitely provide an advantage.
Track 10 (:49) Q…not been in heat.
And, there can be a direct economic benefit from utilizing these heat patches.
Track 11 (:43) Q...anything to this cow.
Moreover, this heat detection approach can allow the producer to target the administration of their A-I options more precisely.
Track 12 (:29) Q...heat at that time.
TAG: K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson on using heat detection patches as part of a beef cattle A-I program.
13 / FARM BILL CONSERVATION (fully produced) (Eric Atkinson) Q…K-State Radio Network. / 3:00
The conversation over the contents of the 2018 Farm Bill continues. Several proposals have been floated, and were discussed at a recent series of Farm Bill Forums co-hosted by K-State and the University of Nebraska. And the conservation title of the new farm bill was addressed there. K-State agricultural economists Mykel (Michael) Taylor and Art Barnaby were among those leading these forums. Barnaby says that most of the conservation title talk revolved around what’s ahead for the Conservation Reserve Program.
Track 14 (:30) Q…get the money from.
Taylor adds that the renewed interest in the C-R-P has everything to do with slumping commodity prices, as farmers look for other ways to bolster income.
Track 15 (:33) Q...get enrolled in C-R-P.
And Taylor shared what she and Barnaby are hearing about potential changes in C-R-P availability as part of the conservation title.
Track 16 (:43) Q...on those C-R-P acres.
TAG: K-State agricultural economists Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby. Their entire presentation on the 2018 Farm Bill outlook is posted for public view at
17 / FARM BILL IMPLICATIONS (fully produced) (Eric Atkinson) Q…K-State Radio Network. / 3:00
Two K-State agricultural economists recently conducted a series of Farm Bill Forums in Kansas and Nebraska, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska. At these, they discussed with attendees the potential features of the 2018 Farm Bill, and the extended importance of this legislation beyond the farm gate. In discussing the new farm bill, K-State’s Mykel (Michael) Taylor points to the decline in farm income and its far-reaching consequences.
Track 18 (:30) Q…profitability in the sector.
Taylor adds that communities which are heavily-reliant on the agricultural sector have a major stake in the farm bill outcome.
Track 19 (:37) Q...feeds in very directly.
And Taylor’s colleague, K-State’s Art Barnaby, goes one further, noting that the debate over one particular facet of the new farm bill is extremely relevant to local banks and other lending institutions.
Track 20 (:53) Q...make any financial progress.
TAG: K-State agricultural economists Art Barnaby and Mykel Taylor on the off-farm repercussions of the 2018 Farm Bill.

The 5 features below are soundbites only

21 / GOING FURTHER WITH FOOD–March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme focuses on ways to go further with food, including eating a variety of healthful foods, planning for meals and snacks and avoiding food waste. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says planning for meals and snacks typically leads to making better food choices.
Q...for the day. / :26
22 / ALWAYS SHOP AT HOME FIRST–Buying certain foods in bulk can cut costs and reduce food waste. However, this takes careful planning and the discipline to prepare, store or use the food before it goes bad. Another way to reduce food waste is to shop at home before making a grocery list and going to the store. our kitchen, too. / :48
23 / USE WHAT IS IN THE CUPBOARD–Procter says another advantage of shopping at home first is that you may discover there’s enough food in the cupboard to make several healthy meals without going to the store for a few more days.
Q...thought about doing. / :30
24 / CHOOSING A VARIETY OF FOODS–While some supplements may be necessary, Procter says we can get a lot of the nutrients our bodies need by eating a variety of food.
Q...we realize it is. / :35
25 / SHOP AT THE FARMERS MARKET–Shopping locally is another way to add healthful foods to your diet while conserving natural resources and supporting local growers. Procter says farmers markets, which are often more affordable than grocery stores, also offer people a great way to try new things. the farmers market.
Tag: More information about nutrition and healthful eating is available at county and district Extension offices or by visiting the Extension webpage: National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which is committed to cutting food loss and waste in the U.S. in half by 2030. / :35

The features below are self-contained and fully-produced

26 / JOHN JACKSON–Trekking from one side of the world to the other, a well–traveled diplomat and entrepreneur makes his home in a rural Kansas town. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, has the story of a businessman who helps leverage Kansas agriculture feed the world.
Q...with Kansas Profile. / 4:22
27 / A STRONG KANSAS DAIRY INDUSTRY–Milk production in Kansas has grown steadily over the past five years and it is not expected to slow down. In looking at the 2017 milk production report for the United States, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) finds a number of positive signs for future growth of the Kansas dairy industry.
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28 / LEAD AND RAPTORS–Some landowners routinely invite hunters in as an attempt to control nuisance wildlife. One such species, the ground squirrel, was the subject of a recent study. It sought to find out if the lead shot used to reduce ground squirrel numbers is a potential health threat to avian raptors which might feed on the remains. This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at that research and its findings.
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29 / INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY–Inclusion and diversity are buzz words in both industries and higher education across this country. But according to one industry expert, in too many industries and on too many university campuses, we talk a lot about inclusion and diversity – but all we do is talk – when we need to look at what has been done, what is being done, and what remains to be done.
Q...K-State Radio Network.
Guest: Natacha Buchanan, senior adviser for Inclusion and Diversity for Phillips 66. She is currently the lead Phillips 66 Finance recruiter for Kansas State University. / 27:00
30 / PRODUCING COMMERCIAL PRODUCE (part 2)–Taking on commercial fruit or vegetable production to complement field crop production is a significant commitment. However, if done right, it can pay off, according to one K-State horticulturist. In the second of a two-part series, Cary Rivard (rih-VARD) discusses some of the equipment and facility investments that may be required for a farmer to succeed in growing and marketing produce.
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31 / GOING FURTHER WITH FOOD–March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme focuses on ways to go further with food, including eating a variety of healthful foods, planning for meals and snacks and avoiding food waste. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter discusses what we can do to ensure the foods we consume provide the energy and nutrients we need to be healthy.
Q…K-State Radio Network. / 14:50
TREE TALES from the Kansas Forest Service
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32 / BENEFITS OF PRESCRIBED BURNING–Fire can be a cost-effective method of brush control and it reinvigorates the growth of grasses, and improves cattle grazing, wildlife habitat and the vigor and diversity of wild flowers and other plants. However, fire can have a negative impact on air quality. K-State forester Charlie Barden offers a few suggestions for maintaining air quality throughout the prescribed burning season.
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33 / (same as above, but without music bed) Q...K-State Radio Network. / 1:58
WEATHER WONDERS (Featuring Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library, KSU)
34 / WIND AND BEHAVIOR–Some people joke about a full moon causing unusual behavior in people. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) says the local weather can sometimes have a similar effect.
Q...Research and Extension. / :50
35 / WINDY CONDITIONS–Wind advisories are issued by the National Weather Service, and they’re more common in the spring. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp advises us to be mindful of these advisories.
Q...Research and Extension. / :55
36 / MARCH ICE STORM–A winter storm brought so much ice to southwest Kansas 20 years ago that there was a report of a chunk of ice falling through the cab of a pickup truck. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has the story.
Q...Research and Extension. / :54
WHEAT SCOOPfrom the Kansas Wheat Commission
37 / REJOINING THE T-P-P–The countries that make up the Trans-Pacific Partnership have moved forward with that trade accord without the participation of the United States. As that pact is about to be signed, wheat industry leaders are strongly urging U.S. trade officials to rejoin the T-P-P. Marsha Boswell explains why in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. Q...I’m Marsha Boswell. / 2:51