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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Eagles: A Legal Casualty of Wind Energy

A Red-Tailed Hawk takes off from an idle turbine blade near Livermore, Ca.
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A new federal rule allows wind farms to obtain 30-year permits allowing the legal killing of bald and golden eagles reported Dan Frosch for the New York Times.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Holiday Get Away Idea: Texas Hog Hunting

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Howdy Folks!

If you have some extra time this holiday season, I have a great outdoor idea.  Head on down to Texas, and go hog hunting.  It's economical; most hunts are around $150 per day and that includes lodging.

The internet is a great place to arrange your trip.  I do have a friend, Mark Ballette, at East Texas Exotics, and he'd be glad to help you out.

Until next time, enjoy the great outdoors!

Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:07 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Amaryllis: What's in a Name?

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During a week when holiday blooms appear at every turn, we'll look at the history of the giant amaryllis bulb and pause from our shopping long enough to ask, "What's in a name?"  And then we'll learn about the confusion between South African and South American blooms that ultimately became world travelers with multiple monikers.  But no matter, because whatever they've been called over the past five centuries, they still say 'Season's Greetings' around the world.    

Health
8:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Colorado is Best at Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases

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A recent report released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, gave Colorado the best ranking of high plains states for its ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks.

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Environment
8:01 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

High Yield, Water Efficient Wheat

The wheat plot on the right in Dr. Qingwu Xue’s drought tolerance study will produce more biomass and will have a higher yield under drought conditions than the plot on the left.
Credit Texas A&M AgriLife Research / Dr. Qingwu Xue

Drought tolerance in wheat has been increased through breeding over the years, but a group of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Amarillo wanted to determine what plant physiological characteristics were making the biggest difference.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Nebraska Landowner Story

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Jerry Stevens enrolled in the Rainwater-Basin Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, which restores and protects wetlands in fields under production by allowing center pivots to cross the rainwater basins. It's win-win. The program protects a wetland, and allows the producer to farm the circle around it.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

What Climate Looks Like in the Texas Panhandle

Photo dates (L-R): June 18, 1990 and June 12, 2011
Credit NASA

NASA provides a bird’s eye view that shows how climate change and increased population has changed some geographic features in Texas.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

1940: Christmas Camping in the Mountains of Texas

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Luke talks on the phone with his pal, Dubb Wallace

 Howdy Folks.  I've got a special treat.  My ole buddy, James "Dubb" Wallace, took some time to talk with me on the phone about spending his Christmas vacations camping in the mountains of the Texas/Mexico border.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Santa Claus Melons

Melons are most often thought of as summertime treats, and many High Plains gardens offer them up during the hottest part of the growing season.  But our subject today is a melon type that produces in the heat but has the staying power to become a  prized centerpiece for holiday tables.  Santa Claus or Christmas melons have a few things going for them that set them apart from regular cantaloupes or honeydews, and that's the reason they can last so long off the vine.
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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Texas District 31 Primary: North versus South?

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Incumbent Sen. Kel Seliger, R- Amarillo, will have a Republican challenger from the south in next year’s primary election reported Enrique Rangel for the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Drones
8:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

High Tech Comes to Feral Hog Extermination

Louisiana Hog Control's "dehogaflier"
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Feral pigs are pests.  Every year they cause an estimated $1.5 billion of damage to crops.  Texans are trying to shoot them from helicopters to control their numbers, but that method is not effective.  Pigs are smart, and soon learn to hide from the noisy choppers.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Kansas Producers Self-regulate Water Use

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New legislation in Kansas makes it possible for producers to work within water conservation districts to create Locally Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs) and agree among themselves how much groundwater use they can curtail. Brad Oelke talks about the first LEMA, which began in January 2013, and how NRCS may be able to help irrigators reduce consumption.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:52 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman on Your List

Luke's Smokin Tex hard at work this season.
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke gives Cindee some gift ideas for the outdoorsman on her list.

Merry Christmas Folks!

Today I’ve got some unique gift ideas for the hunter on your list, and I guarantee you will not find these things in every store. 

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Oklahoma
8:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

What High Plains State Ranks Second in Seismic Activity?

Jones Earthquake. Map and data courtesy of United States Geological Survey.
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Although the cause is under debate, the fact is Oklahoma ranks second in seismic activity in the continental United States according to analysis done by EnergyWire. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Gardening Gifts

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This week we'll look at items both from and for the garden, with some special attention given to finding gifts that might make gardening chores a bit easier for senior gardeners.  We'll also look at some 'gifts from the soil' that don't really require soil, thus making them ideal holiday items for those who miss not having a garden of their own anymore.    

Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Conservation Planning to Reduce Water Use

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Realizing the vital importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to the High Plains, The Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative. Playa lakes recharge the aquifer, and because of that, NRCS provides ways, through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, for producers to rehabilitate playas in cropland. NRCS Conservationists can help landowners develop a conservation plan that meets their goals, using this and other USDA conservation programs.

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Wildlife Conservation
8:00 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Borger Refinery Agrees to Penalty and Compliance for Migratory Bird Kill

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The Phillips 66 and WRB Refining in Borger, Texas has agreed to a penalty and compliance plan related to a migratory bird kill in August of 2012 reported KFYO.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Bill Dance: A Door Closed, the TV Window Opened

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Bill Dance talks with Luke Clayton

Howdy, folks! 

Today we're wrapping it up with Bill Dance; talking about how he moved from bass fishing tournaments to television.  When one door closes, a window opens.  That's the story of Bill's life.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Pheasants losing habitat to farmland

Farm-raised pheasants like this one, wearing blinders so it doesn't fight other birds, are being transported to areas that used to be known for pheasant hunting in order to prop up declining population.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.

In Nebraska, wild pheasant concentrations have fallen 86 percent since their peak in the 1960s. The pheasant harvest during hunting season in Iowa is off 63 percent from the highs reached in the 1970s. In areas that used to be overrun, you’ll struggle to find a pheasant now.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Oilfield Water Recycling: Good for the environment but not the bank account

Jimmy Davis, the operations manager of Fasken Oil and Ranch, which now recycles almost half the water it uses in fracking.
Credit Jerod Foster / texastribune.org

Standing on a sprawling ranch where drilling rigs, cranes and bobbing stripper wells form a makeshift skyline, Jimmy Davis is not thinking solely about sucking up oil. It is not the only precious liquid that is pumped from under the land that he manages according to a recent article in the Texas Tribune.

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Health
8:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

How are High Plains Kids Doing?

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. 16 indicators are tracked. This year’s report revealed that children in the United States continue to make gains in education and health despite a growing poverty rate. The report was expanded to include American’s youngest children.  

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Grassland Birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken

Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)
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A grouse of the open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance, performed by males on flat display sites on shortgrass prairie called leks. Their range extends from northern Oklahoma through the Flinthills and northern Kansas, and on north through the centers of Nebraska and the Dakotas. Sarah Sortum and her brother found their way back to the family ranch in the central Nebraska sandhills by starting an eco-tourism business, allowing bird watchers to see the chicken in its mixed-grass home.

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Health
8:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Suicide Rate Increases in Kansas

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics revealed suicides in Kansas increased 31.5 percent, totaling 505 deaths versus 384 in 2011,according to a recent article from the Kansas Institute of Health

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Fate Takes a Hand in the Direction of Bill Dance's Life

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Luke Clayton talks with Bill Dance

Folks, you know, sometimes life takes you a direction, and then brings people in that affirm your choice, and take you to the next level.  That is exactly what happened to Bill Dance, and as fate would have it, one of the people he came in contact with was my uncle, Luke.

Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

A World Without Bees

Almond trees rely on bees to pollinate during their brief bloom for a few weeks in February.
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You don't have to look the world over for evidence that honeybees are in trouble. A global disaster is in the making, and it's evident right in our backyards. Today Growing on the High Plains looks at the worries of beekeepers in Western Kansas, and the things we'll lose from our table when we lose the honeybees. Get ready to say so long to a myriad of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that depend on the honeybee for pollination.

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Water
8:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water?

Low water level at Lake Meredith
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Life requires water. In Texas the surface water, owned by the state, is drying or dried up, and everyone from farmers to politicians are looking underground to make up the state’s growing water deficit according to the Texas Tribune.  

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Production Ag: Sub-surface Irrigation Study Findings

Subsurface Drip Irrigation
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The Kansas State University Research Center in Colby, Kansas, has been studying ways to use precious groundwater more efficiently.  Subsurface drip irrigation has been tested for 25 years according to the High Plains Journal

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Grassland Birds: Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
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The Ferruginous is North America's largest hawk. Its habitat includes grasslands, deserts, and other open areas with isolated shrubs or trees where less than 50 percent of the land is under cultivation. The raptor preys on small mammals, many of which would be considered pests to ranchers. Its favorite meal is the prairie dog; a depopulation of the prairie dog on the High Plains has negatively impacted this hawk's numbers.

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Water
8:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Republican River Dispute Continues

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Kansas and Nebraska continue to struggle for a fair share of Republican River according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Bill Dance Shares His Defining Moment

Credit Bill Dance

Bill Dance shares his defining moment.

Howdy folks, have I got a surprise for you today… my old friend Bill Dance stopped by for a chat, and we’re talking about the defining moment that changed the course of his life.  Believe it or not, he was 7 years old when it happened.  He was fishing with his grandparents one afternoon.  He was fishing.  His Grandfather was fishing.  His grandmother had a quilt spread out on the bank; she was crocheting.  Ah, heck, why don’t you just take a few minutes and listen to Bill tell it.  Just click on the arrow up above.

Until next time, be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.

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