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Illini Farm Report

Todd E. Gleason

1301 W. Gregory Dr., Rm 75 MC710

Urbana, Illinois 61801

217-333-9697 or tgleason@illinois.edu

 

WINTER HOLIDAY

 

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The Illini Farm Report is for use in your agricultural radio programming slots. You are welcome to run each story "as is," or to lift actualities from it. For your editing convenience, the scripts used for each story are included in this document. If you have any problems with the audio, story ideas, or suggestions for improvements, please call me at 217-3339697.

 

1  50 Years of Toy Tractors

 

2  The Night Before Christmas

 

3  What Time Is It

 

4  Edamame; The Future of the Soybean

 

5  Soy Foods Protect Against Colon Cancer

 

The Story of Corn: The Evolution of Open Pollinated Corn

 

The Story of Corn: Open Pollinated Corn is Adapted to the Midwest

 

8  The Story of Corn: Hybrids are Developed

 

The Story of Corn: What Today’s Breeders Should Know

 

The opinions expressed on the Illini Farm Report are not necessarily those of the program producer, the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences or U of I Extension. Our programs feature a wide range of viewpoints in the interest of promoting awareness and discussion of issues that are important to the agricultural community.

 


 

CUT 1  50 Years of Toy Tractors

Joe Ertl, President Scale Models - Dyersville, Iowa

Max Armstrong, WGN Radio AM720 – Chicago, Illinois

 

This Christmas farm boys all over the nation will be waiting, not so patiently, for Santa to bring them a tractor just like their dad’s. As Todd Gleason reports, if they’re lucky, it will be American made from Dyersville, Iowa, the home of Joseph Ertl, toy maker. (urh-til like turtle). Todd produced this story in December of 2001.

 

What I want from Santa this year is a toy tractor…

4:27

 


 

CUT 2  The Night Before Christmas

 

In today’s report from University of Illinois Extension, Todd Gleason delivers his rendition of a holiday classic, “The Night Before Christmas.” 

 

Twas the night before Christmas...

Voice Out 3:12

...and to all a good night.

Music Out 4:00

 

Live Tag: Todd Gleason from University of Illinois Extension reading “The Night Before Christmas.” Originally titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” the poem was written in 1822 by Clement Moore for his children. Moore is an American poet born in New York City. His “A Visit from St. Nicholas” was first published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel in 1823.

 


 

CUT 3  What Time Is It

Time Service Department U.S. Naval Observatory

USNO Master Clock Voice Announcer

www.time.gov

 

Time through the ages has been adapted for many purposes. The Romans were known to change the calendar to keep a politician in office longer. Some calendars work off moon cycles, others don’t. Todd Gleason files this report on the Gregorian calendar and how it is used to tell time.

 

USNO Master Clock Voice Announcer…

2:45

 

Nat Sound: USNO Master Clock Voice Announcer

Music: Up Full and Under

 


 


 

CUT 4  Edamame; The Future of the Soybean

Marty Williams, Ecologist – USDA ARS University of Illinois

 

There are more than 77 million acres of soybeans in the United States. Very few of these beans will be consumed out of the pod. But, as Todd Gleason reports, there is a push to grow more varieties suitable for vegetable crop production.

 

We’re all familiar with fields of soybeans…

2:29

 


 

CUT 5  Soy Foods Protect Against Colon Cancer

 

University of Illinois scientists have evidence that lifelong exposure to genistein, a bioactive component in soy foods, protects against colon cancer. It represses a signal that leads to accelerated growth of cells, polyps, and eventually malignant tumors.

 

The U of I study of soy in foods…

2:33

 


 

CUT 6 The Story of Corn: The Evolution of Open Pollinated Corn

Forrest Troyer - Retired Corn Breeder - Cargill, Dekalb Genetics

 

Corn as we know it today is a relatively young crop in comparison to the age of the world. Todd Gleason spoke with corn breeder Forrest Troyer at the turn of the last century about the crop he spent seven years researching. Today we’ll hear from the University of Illinois archives as the two explore where corn was domesticated, and how it came to the United States.

 

Corn was first domesticated...

3:05

 


             

CUT 7 The Story of Corn: Open Pollinated Corn is Adapted to the Midwest

Forrest Troyer - Retired Corn Breeder - Cargill, Dekalb Genetics

 

Corn as we know it today is a relatively young crop in comparison to the age of the world. Todd Gleason spoke with corn breeder Forrest Troyer at the turn of the last century about the crop he spent seven years researching. Today we’ll hear from the University of Illinois archives as the two explore how corn was adapted to growing conditions in the Midwest.

 

In 1840’s there were about 250 varieties...

3:37

 


 

CUT 8  The Story of Corn: Hybrids are Developed

Forrest Troyer - Retired Corn Breeder - Cargill, Dekalb Genetics

 

Corn as we know it today is a relatively young crop in comparison to the age of the world. Todd Gleason spoke with corn breeder Forrest Troyer at the turn of the last century about the crop he spent seven years researching. Today we’ll hear from the University of Illinois archives as the two explore how hybrid corn developed.

 

In the 1920’s US corn farmers...

4:00

 


 

CUT 9 The Story of Corn: What Today’s Breeders Should Know

Forrest Troyer - Retired Corn Breeder - Cargill, Dekalb Genetics

 

Corn as we know it today is a relatively young crop in comparison to the age of the world. All this week Todd Gleason is reporting on the history of corn with retired corn breeder Forrest Troyer. Troyer spent seven years researching and writing about his favorite crop. Today the two explore how the new generation of corn breeder’s can use history to continue development of the domestic corn plant.

 

If you think about, says Forrest...

2:34