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.

Articles by Ron Smith
Secretary Vilsack says implementing farm bill will be challenging
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said USDA will have a busy year in 2014 as the agency begins to create rules and implement the Agriculture Act of 2014 with a diminished staff.
Timely implementation needed for new farm programs
Grain and soybean farmers gathered in San Antonio this week for the annual Commodity Classic agree that implementation of the newly passed Agriculture Act of 2014 will determine how well the new program works.
Julie Borlaug continues her grandfather’s efforts
Julie Borlaug is challenging farm writers and broadcasters to expand their audiences, change their focus and engage consumers to offset some of the anti-GMO, anti-technology and misinformation rampant in the popular press.
Two-step program controls resistant ryegrass in wheat
Annual ryegrass is the most damaging weed in winter wheat in Northeast Texas.
Know the enemy to protect cotton plants
Cotton farmers do not have a substitute for Temik (aldicarb) that provides equal control of nematodes and other pests, but they can improve their odds with seed treatments, resistant varieties and cultural practices.
Where’s the rain this winter? 2
The winter of 2014 may be setting or getting close to records for cold temperatures, but precipitation levels remain more of the same.
For fertilizer rate: research and arithmetic
Before you make a final decision on how much fertilizer you’ll put on spring-planted crops, you need to do a little research and use some arithmetic.
Climatologist, Water Development Board see continued drought
A bit of precipitation here and there—rain, ice, snow or sleet—over the past few weeks may have put people thinking that the long-running drought is near a close. Or maybe not.
Go back to yellows for resistant weed control in cotton
Cotton producers still have effective and affordable options to control weeds, if they follow a systems approach and do a little homework.
Farm bill proves crop insurance popularity at all-time high, says industry leader
U.S. agriculture has a new farm program, and not only did the sometimes warring schisms do no harm to crop insurance, they made it stronger.
What’s the best cotton variety for your farm?
The key for variety selection lies in knowing field conditions, history, and management capabilities, and then studying variety trials to determine the best match for a particular field.
Persistent drought has taken a toll of SW agriculture
Most experts predict the Southwest will remain in drought conditions well into 2014 and that the dry trend could persist for another five years or more.
Okla. Peanut Expo features, marketing, legislation and production
The Oklahoma Peanut Expo will feature market and legislative updates as well as production tips and the latest on research and genetics
Increasing wheat yield requires genetics, management
Improving genetic yield potential and raising the yield ceiling already in place are key factors in increasing wheat productivity
Extension sees “grand challenges” in centennial year
In Centennial year Extension will focus on the future and the “grand challenges” that face agriculture and the nation.
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