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.

Moisture improves cotton prospects but encourages weed growth: OK Cotton update Part II
Much-needed rain encourages weed growth in cotton fields
Oklahoma cotton needs heat units to finish up
Oklahoma cotton needs favorable fall weather to mature.
Drought creeps back into the Southwest
Drought is creeping back into the Southwest,
Sharp pencil is the most important tool for wheat/corn producer
Persistent spring rains, starting back in March, curbed wheat yields.
Scheduling, maintenance, crop management important to improve cotton irrigation efficiency
Improving irrigation efficiency should be goal for cotton farmers.
Evapotranspiration rate is key to irrigation management
Using evapotranspiration data to manage irrigation decisions requires patience, but will be worth the effort, says Al Sutherland.
Drought intensifies in East Texas in late summer
Drought haw begun to creep back into Texas with some areas in East and East Central Texas in severe drought stage.
WASDE puts Texas cotton down more than 1 million acres
Harvested acres for Texas cotton is estimated to be 4.2 million, down from last year’s 4.6 million.
Key production meetings schedule in coming weeks
Key crop and livestock management events upcoming.
Harvest aid application often a “balancing act”
Cotton harvest aid application timing a bit of a balancing act.
No GMO peanut varieties exist, despite media speculation
No GMO peanuts in market, no Spanish peanuts in peanut butter.
Marker assisted breeding is crucial to improved peanut varieties
Peanut breeder research goal is to keep making yield increases and to protect those yield advances.
Peanut conference stresses future technology; looks at trade, policy and honors producers
Southern peanut growers took a few days in late July to look to the future at the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference, held this year at the Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga.
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