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.

Resistant-weed problems could be bad again next year
Producers who continued to rely on Roundup-only this year may have faced an uphill battle all season as they tried to manage resistant pigweed.
Southwest peanut harvest underway with average or better yields
Oklahoma peanut farmers are looking at what could be “the best crop they ever raised."
FSA encourages farmers to work with decision tools
“ARC and PLC will be a big part of the agricultural economy next year."
Ag success depends on managing the controllable
The key to success, says Michael Swanson, economist and senior vice president, Wells Fargo Bank, is for farmers to be very good at managing things they can control.
Timely rainfall, better products help boost NE Texas wheat yields
As Northeast Texas farmers finish planting wheat for harvest next spring they wonder if they can make four bumper crops in a row.
Farm bill decision meetings scheduled across region
Cooperative Extension and other Southwest associations and agencies are hosting numerous farm bill decision-aid meetings.
Fall is busy time for SW farmers
In early to late October farmers across the Southwest put in long hours finishing up corn and grain sorghum harvest as well as prepping and stripping cotton.
APH yield exclusion option improves farmers’ ability to secure crop loans
Under the new farm bill program, yields can be excluded from farm APH when the county average yield for that crop year is at least 50 percent below the 10 previous consecutive crop years' average yiel
Drought status should improve into winter
Pockets of persistent drought remain, according to the latest U.S Drought Monitor reports.
Corn harvest is pleasant time with good crop
Max Swinburn, Dimmit, Texas, enjoys cutting corn, more so this year than for the past three when heat and drought limited production and increased costs.
Ag Technology Conference set for Dec. 11 in Commerce
Annual ag tech conference will feature a close look at management strategies for the sugarcane aphid in grain sorghum.
No change noted in drought status from last week
Overall, Texas remains at 49 percent in moderate to exceptional drought.
Varied water regimes complicate variety selection
The declining cotton market makes improving production efficiency a necessity.
Corn harvest is pleasant chore for West Texas farmer
The biggest concern for farmers in his area and across the Texas High Plains is water.
Sugarcane aphid field day set for Oct. 28
A fall sugarcane aphid field day scheduled Oct. 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Hoblitzelle Auditorium on the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco will include field tours and updates on potential damage from the pest.
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