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.

31 Southwest counties are available for CTAP in 2015
CTAP is available to producers in certain counties that are not eligible to participate in the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).
Broomrape: Invasive, parasitic weed threatens South Texas vegetable crops
Branched broomrape has been reported this year at six sites in Karnes County, but observers expect additional infestations.
Texas cotton acreage will be re-surveyed in July
USDA-NASS will re-survey Texas cotton planted acreage.
Grain stocks all up significantly compared to June 2014
Grain crop stocks up compared to last June.
Cotton, corn, wheat acreage down; soybeans up to record high
Corn, cotton, wheat acreage estimates lower; soybeans up to record level.
Drought disappearing from Texas, Okla. but easing into western New Mexico.
Drought almost gone in Oklahoma and Texas; western new Mexico getting dry.
Strip-till offers best of conventional, no-till systems
“No-till has its place,” he added, “but that doesn’t mean never tilling.”
Okla. irrigation conference set Aug. 18 in Fort Cobb
Top irrigation experts in the Southwest will be on the agenda at the Oklahoma Irrigation Conference.
Saturated soils set back corn, grain sorghum crops
Persistent rainfall dumped as much as 15 inches on Central Texas in May, resulting in saturated or flooded fields.
Track assembly on combine foils adverse harvest conditions
A tracked combine made the difference in wet wheat fields.
Sopping wet May devastated Central Texas grain crops
“I’ve never seen an extreme weather change like the one we had this spring.”
Good crowd attends indoor field day
Weeks of rainy weather and the threat of a tropical storm dumping even more rain on Central Texas sent the 52nd annual Stiles Farm Field Day offsite and indoors for the first time ever Tuesday.
Scouting is crucial for sugarcane aphid control in sorghum
Research and Extension specialists have refined treatment recommendations since the aphid first appeared on sorghum two years ago.
Extension director says ag needs to regain its voice
Stiles Farm Field Day, for more than a half-century now, has shown area producers and others interested in modern agriculture, how farmers are able to maintain the traditions of a rural lifestyle while being progressive in adopting new, more efficient practices to feed more people and provide an abundant, safe and affordable supply of food and fiber.
House passes COOL Reform
COOL Reform Act was widely supported by a large number of food and agricultural industries.
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