Ron Smith

Ron
Smith
Editor,
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.

Articles
Peanut producers hear messages for survival
PEA winners included Rickey Bearden, Yoakum County, Texas; Matt and Tonya Bryan, Baker County, Georgia; and Mike, Cindy and Brandon Belch, Northampton County, N.C.
Cotton facing some stress factors in Texas High Plains
Recent reports from Extension cotton specialists indicate some cotton likely will see a shortened bloom period, which could compromise yield potential. Most say a good soaking rain would be a godsend.
Mars pledges to use only high oleic peanuts by 2017
High oleic peanuts, she explains, are much less likely to break down and go rancid.
Hot, dry, high winds taking toll on Texas cropland; Southwest Oklahoma gets beneficial rain
Recent reports from several news sources across Texas and Oklahoma indicate how cropland is faring as the season moves into what folks used to call “lay-by time.”
Ten ways technology will change the way retailers support farmers
“Phase 1 of precision agriculture is already in place; Phase 2 will be integrating data to increase yield, drive down costs, and improve sustainability.”
Hot, dry conditions reduce bloom period on dryland cotton
“I know we are not keeping up with the water demands of any crop. We need a good soaking rain event across the whole South Plains.”
Answer Tech Summit showcases WinField US’s commitment to ag data management
The 2016 Answer Tech Summit is the first since Land O’Lakes, Inc. (WinField US Parent Company) and United Suppliers, Inc. merged last fall, creating “a single, relevant and competitive system of independent agricultural retailers.”
Storage bins play critical role on grain farm
“If we get a bump in the basis, we might sell some wheat in October or November, and look for opportunities from December into March. If it’s a short crop year, we may sell out of the field.”
Efficient water use is crucial for Southwest winner Rickey Bearden
Water is the most critical aspect of growing peanuts in Yoakum County, Texas, says Rickey Bearden.
Water is most critical factor for West Texas peanuts
“The most important thing we have to remember is to not plant more than we have water to make,” says Southwest Region Peanut Efficiency Award winner Rickey Bearden.
Vet gun offers simple option to treat cattle for horn flies
The Vet Gun allows operators to apply insecticide in the pasture, without bringing cattle into holding pens
U.S. agriculture will meet the demand for more food
The United States will be the international leader in meeting food demands.
UAV use requires training and certification
UAV operator must be trained and have a permit to operate the vehicle. “Training includes an FAA knowledge test,” Cope says.
Ag’s aging infrastructure: Capital needed to modernize, expand
Grain handling facilities and transportation infrastructure to move grain to those facilities are in dire need of upgrades.
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