Ron Smith

Southwest Farm Press

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

Limited water, resistant weeds challenges in New Mexico pecans
“Water is the biggest limiting factor for pecans in the state,” says Extension Pecan Specialist Richard Heerema at Las Cruces.
Moisture sensors provide irrigation management data
Producers have numerous options to monitor moisture in fields. Packages may include the sensors, hardwire, water maps, software and USB adapters to transfer data to computers.
Drip and LEPA hybrid system offers efficient irrigation at less cost 1
Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) is arguably the most efficient means available for watering crops, and also also offers producers the ability to apply water in small increments without losing moisture to leaching or evaporation.
Here’s how you can maximize your cotton fertility management
Achieving ideal soil fertility levels for efficient cotton production takes more than a prescription approach based on what has always worked.
Managed Pollinator Protection Plan seeks to reverse honey bee decline
Honeybee losses can’t be tied to one factor. “It’s a complex problem,” said a TDA spokesman during a recent presentation to the West Texas Agricultural Chemical institute annual conference in Lubbock.
Scott Irlbeck left regular paycheck, benefits, to return to family farm
So, one just has to ask Irlbeck, who left a job with a regular paycheck, insurance, and paid vacation to return to the family farm near Tulia, Texas: “What were you thinking?”
Twenty-three Oklahoma and Texas counties designated natural disaster areas by USDA
U.S. Department of Agriculture recently designated multiple counties in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas as primary disaster areas due to damages caused by recent drought.
Drought spreads and intensifies across Southwest
Fingers of severe drought extend from East Texas well into the Southern Blacklands and across Southwest Texas to the Mexico border.
Peanut harvest gallery: Fall weather brings excitement of peanut harvest to Southwest
Peanut wagons and semi trucks will soon line buying points to unload and move the 2015 peanut crop to markets across the country and around the world.
Texas drought intensifies but expected to abate
Dry conditions seem to hold sway for the moment across much of Texas as drought continues to intensify, with 27 percent of the state still considered in moderate to extreme drought
Do wild peanut species hold the key to better cultivated varieties? Charles Simpson thinks so
Charles Simpson officially retired several years ago but he maintains a busy schedule overseeing the wild peanut collection in greenhouses at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville.
Treating sugarcane aphids in sorghum: What you need to know
Left untreated, sugarcane aphids can devastate a sorghum field. They reproduce rapidly, and if not controlled, can overwhelm sorghum in a few days.
Wild peanut DNA may hold key to improved domestic varieties 1
Charles Simpson's 48-year career as a Texas A&M AgriLife research plant breeder has been devoted to looking for specific genes in wild peanuts to make domestic varieties better.
New technology fills gaps in managing resistant weeds: Part 3
Communication will be important in roll out of new cotton technology
Resistant pigweed spread rapidly across West Texas: Part 2
One escaped pigweed is too many to prevent herbicide resistance problems.
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