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8:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Who’s Who in the Next Texas Governor Race

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A recent piece in the Economist provides an outsider’s view of the players and dynamics of the Texas governor’s race. 

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Harvest Public Media story
7:39 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Expected bumper crop has price of corn dropping

Farmers have been riding a wave of high corn prices in recent years, but an expected bumper crop has corn prices dropping.
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On a clear fall day in central Iowa, Aaron Lehman climbed into the cab of his green combine with a screwdriver to do some maintenance. He was hoping his corn had a couple more weeks to grow before harvesting because the price per bushel this fall is much lower than it has been for the past three years.

Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season, and many economists expect the price of corn to drop to its lowest level in recent years.

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Western Swing and Other Things
3:24 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Live interview with actress Darlene Cates on WSOT

Movie actress Darlene Cates
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Marshal Allen Bailey hosted a live interview with movie actress Darlene Cates during his Western Swing & Other Things program on Saturday, October 5th at 11:15 am CT.  Cates is best known for her role as the housebound mother in the 1993 film What's Eating Gilbert Grape with Johnny Depp and Leonardo Dicaprio.  

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

The Magic of Monkey Balls: Truth or Tale?

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“Hedge apples, direct to you!” An Internet site suggests that placing these objects “around the foundation or inside the basement provide relief from cockroaches, spiders, box elder bugs, crickets, and other pests.” Hedge apples. Aren’t they ugly fruits that look like a green brain? In fact, green brain is another term for this wild pod along with the terms Osage orange, hedge balls, monkey balls, and horse apples.

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Ogallala Aquifer Key to Ag Success
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Kansas Agriculture: What Counties Make the Most Money?

Irrigation Sprinkler in Southwest Kansas
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The top ag revenue counties in Kansas are not in the east where water flows freely in rivers and creeks.  The top producers are in the dry west according to Drovers Cattle Network.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Dale River Ranch: Don't Bother Me, I've Gone Hunting

The One That Got Away
Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  I took my bow up to Palo Pinto County earlier this week for a short bowhunt on the Dale River Ranch. Shooting from a high rock outcropping to deer on a trail below, I came very close to arrowing the monster buck shown you see running away in the first photo.  You can even see my arrow on the ground under the feeder.  I had a trail camera situated near the feeder, and it captured this rare image.   

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Southeastern Colorado Farmer Has First Hemp Harvest

Ryan Loflin stands in his hemp field
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The first known hemp harvest in more than fifty years began this month in southeastern Colorado according to Denver Westward Blogs.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Millions Left Without Despite Affordable Care Act

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A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.

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Federal Government Shutdown October, 2013
8:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What has the government shut down… shut down?

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Is the average person seeing any changes with the government shut down?

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Xeriscaping with Tom Gillan, Part One

Skip Mancini and Tom Gillan, owner of Native Nursery
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 It's hard to garden in dry, arid, temperamental climates.  Skip Mancini had an opportunity to talk with Tom Gillan, owner of Native Nursery, about the challenges and opportunities the high plains present.   

Tom is a Garden City native, who moved to Golden, Colorado in the 1980s.  There he started Native Nursery with the mission to create beautiful places with plants that will thrive.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

High Plains Drought Update

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Recent rains and cooler temperatures have made a difference across the high plains.

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Food Regulation
8:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Under Oklahoma Legislative Review: The Illegality of Delivering and Advertising Raw Milk

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It’s illegal in Oklahoma to deliver or advertise raw milk, and a growing number of Oklahomans are choosing raw milk.  The increased demand has prompted an interim legislative impact study on the legalization of raw milk delivery and advertising according to State Impact Oklahoma.

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University Enrollment Numbers
8:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Record Breaking Year for Fort Hays State University

Picken Hall
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Enrollment figures are in for Kansas, and it’s a record setting year for Fort Hays State University according to a recent press release from FHSU. 

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Harvest Public Media story
7:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Farmers in limbo – again – as farm bill expires

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The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.

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Harvest Public Media story
7:40 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Is millet the next trendy grain?

Millet, long an ingredient in birdfeed, could be the next food to capitalize on the heritage grain trend.
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Heritage grains are trendy. Walk through a health food store and see packages of grains grown long before modern seed technology created hybrid varieties, grains eaten widely outside of the developed world: amaranth, sorghum, quinoa.

But there’s another grain with tremendous potential growing on the Great Plains: millet.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Ogallala Aquifer Conservation II

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A significant report published by the National Academy of Sciences stresses the need to conserve groundwater. This episode focuses on two ways that is happening: 1) the USDA promotes Ogallala Aquifer conservation with NRCS money for cost-share projects, and 2) the state of Kansas changes water-rights laws to foster a culture of conservation rather than consumption.

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Study from Texas A&M
7:18 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Expand the beef industry to get more value from the Ogallala?

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With the Ogallala aquifer declining, there’s the inevitable question of how best to use the water remaining.  A recent study from Texas A&M suggests one answer: expand the cattle production and processing industries and rely on bringing in more “imported” grain and the “virtual” water it brings to the region.

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Conservation
8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Ranchers: Lesser Prairie Chicken = Greater Government Intervention

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Landowners in Texas tend to be skeptical of more government involvement when it comes to protecting the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird inhabiting the portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, according to an article in The Texas Tribune.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Water Source at the Crossroads

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Stretching from western Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Underlying approximately 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, water from the aquifer is vital to agricultural, municipal and industrial development. Approximately 30 percent of all groundwater used for irrigation in America is drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer.

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Harvest Public Media story
5:29 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist

A scene in the county agent's office in San Augustine, TX of a farmer receiving his AAA check in 1939. The Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) of 1933 was the start of a long series of “farm bills” to provide federal support to agriculture. The current system of direct and countercyclical payments dates to the 1996 Farm Bill.
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Hear the audio version of Frank's story

Congress is bitterly divided on food stamps and other issues contained in the farm bill, but both political parties agree on something: the $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called Direct and Countercyclical Payments has got to go.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

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 Last week’s gusting winds did more than catch  arms and legs  in slamming doors, blow hair in directions it’s not intended to go, and make me tilt at a 60 degree angle in order to prevent joining a bazillion tumble weeds traveling hither and yon.  It set my nerves on fire and prepared me to enjoy a perfect weekend.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo’s Danny Wall Inducted into Hall of Fame

Danny Wall
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Danny Wall was recently inducted into the Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame.  Wall, a 49-year old remodeling contractor, is one of the state’s pioneering BMX racers in the late 1970s and 80s according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Federal Helium Reserve
5:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo facility avoids the “helium cliff”

Postcard view from the mid-20th century of the Amarillo Helium Plant operated by the US Dept. Of Interior as part of the Federal Helium Reserve.
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Amarillo’s Federal Helium Reserve got a reprieve Thursday as the Senate unanimously approved a bill extending the reserve, a day after the House approved the measure, also unanimously. Without the legislation, the facility would have been forced to shut down on October 7th under older legislation.  The reserve provides 42% of the country’s helium and 35% of the world’s.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Recent Survey Says Most Texans Believe in Global Warming

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800 Texans were surveyed in a recent Yale Project on climate change.  Most believe global warming is happening according to a recent article by the Texas Tribune.  

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Traditions
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Is This the Last Dance for the Kansas Polka Lovers?

Polka Dancing at the Gibbon Ballroom at Gibbon, Minnesota
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In December, the PolKofA Kansas Chapter, which is the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America, will decide if they will continue to dance according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Zoo Landscaping

Skip and Tom Gillian looking over the landscaping
Cindee Talley

Skip has a special guest in today.  Tom Gillan dropped by to talk about the differences between landscaping in public areas versus a home.  Tom is the owner of Native Nursery in Golden, Colorado.  He also talked about his current project:  Cat Canyon at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas.    

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Nationwide Premium Estimates Released

The Obama administration released a report containing average premiums across the nation.  Rates in most states are lower than earlier projections, but there are huge variations among states according to the Kansas Health Institute

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Elections 2014: Texas Railroad Commission is an Important Race

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In the next state election, Texas has important choices to make.  One of the most significant races in terms of state impact, is also one of the most unknown and unnoticed according to The Texas Tribune

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Harvest Public Media story
6:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Sticker shock – it’s not just on new tractors anymore

Brand new 2014 John Deere 2014 model S-690 combine on display in the field at sunset.
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Buying a new farm tractor costs almost as much as a new home in a decent suburb.  

Shelling out $200,000 or more for shiny new John Deere, Case IH, New Holland or other name brand horsepower to work the fields of a 21st century Midwestern farm isn’t unusual, farmers and dealers say.

What seems more unusual, to newcomers to farm economics at least, is that those shiny new models aren’t the hottest selling big iron on many dealers’ lots.  That would be the used tractors that were traded in when the new models rolled off the dealers’ flatbed trucks.

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Flora
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Weekend Getaway: You can still enjoy Colorado Fall Foliage

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Even though the images and stories you hear of Colorado say everything is a mess, there are still opportunities to enjoy the fall colors despite the flood. 

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