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.

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.
Variety trials offer opportunity to evaluate cotton for next season
Seed company representatives also cautioned farmers to be aware of the new technologies expected to be available beginning in 2015.
Water use efficiency provides crucial variety information
“We want to determine how much 1 inch of water or 2 inches of water buys in yield.”
SRP cotton yield potential looks promising
Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist Rick Minzenmayer, who works Tom Green and Runnells counties, expects to see some two-bale dryland cotton harvested this year.
TALL program offers lifetime learning
Relationships, travel and the new perspectives they gain from the program will influence TALL members' abilities to serve and represent agriculture.
OSU Rural Economic Outlook Conference offers crucial updates
The 2014 Oklahoma State University Rural Outlook Economic Conference Oct. 31 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater will offer the latest updates on crucial issues.
Museum of Agriculture offers history lesson
The Ag Museum includes displays of machinery, implements, tools, household items that were common as far back as the turn of the century—not the most recent one.
Woelber family of Belen is named New Mexico Farm Family of the Year
The Woeblers started the dairy in 2000, following Luke’s graduation from Texas A&M. John and Holly also are Texas A&M graduates.
Rain slows High Plains cotton progress
Rains, even as late as they are and as much as cotton needs sunny weather to mature the crop, will recharge a soil profile sorely in need of a moisture fix.
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