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.

Ample rainfall this season holds good prospects for Okla. cotton
Boman says good yields — record-breaking, perhaps — won’t be unusual across the state.
King Mesa gin one of six in U.S. using DNA tagging technology
King Mesa is the first gin in Texas to use the technology and joins four gins in California and one in Arkansas
TPPA conference features ag technology
Ag technology is theme for 28th annual TPPA Conference.
Nematode resistance key in variety trials
Deltapine plants variety trials and test plots on the Mark and Blaine Nichols’ Gaines County farm where “We have nematodes on every acre,” says Blaine.
New Bayer products target nematodes
New Bayer products target nematodes.
For the Nichols: Teamwork keeps cotton viable
Blaine Nichols hates paperwork; good thing his father likes it.
Field days offer look at what’s coming
Recent events sponsored by Deltapine—in Seminole, Texas,—and Bayer FiberMax—in Idalou—gave producers a chance to see new herbicide resistant technology, new and improved fiber quality offerings, and more pest resistance, among other variety characteristics.
Challenging season yields mixed cotton prospects
“We have root knot nematodes on some farms. I used Temik before they took it away, and then Vydate until they took that away.”
Late 2017 expected completion of Bayer/Monsanto purchase
He said the merger will benefit agriculture. “We believe it is good for our customers.”
Crisp fall days are harbingers of harvest
Cotton, peanut and grain farmers talk about the almost ready crops, expecting decent yields, hoping for better prices, anxious to move their giant machines into the fields to take the season’s final test—how much did we make?
Harvest gallery: Harvest time is a gut check
Harvest is report card time, when the cows come home, the chickens come in to roost and the hay is made.
Longtime Texas A&M-Commerce agriculture professor Don Reid has died
“Doc helped many kids achieve their academic and career goals—too many to count,” Swart said. “He is one of the finest people I have ever known.”
Liberalized trade with Cuba: Significant benefits for ag?
Luis Ribera says 15 years of research through the Center for North American Studies (CNAS), of which he is director, shows advantages of Cuba trade.
10 cost-cutting options for wheat production
Here are 10 cost cuts that could decrease production expenses without significant effect on yield and grain quality.
Texas wheat plantings could drop 20 percent
“I think we will certainly see a further reduction of wheat acres in 2017 over the 13 percent reduction we already saw in 2016,” Neely says.
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