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.

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Efficient cotton irrigation demands systems approach
In recent years, growers, even with irrigation, have had a tough time providing enough water to meet a cotton plant's peak demand.
OWRB sets lofty water conservation goal for 2060
Oklahoma's water conservation objective becomes more difficult with the current multi-year drought that some weather experts project could continue for several more years.
West Texas, Oklahoma will make dryland cotton this year
Farmers in West Texas and Western Oklahoma will make some non-irrigated cotton this year, a better outcome than many achieved in the last few seasons.
Variety selection is critical decision for wheat growers
Wheat varieties offer widely different characteristics in such crucial areas as milling quality, disease resistance, insect tolerance and regional adaptation.
Weeds may cause 40-percent-yield loss in wheat 1
Six factors play important roles in effective weed control.
Cotton farmers urged to apply for CTAP ASAP
Texas cotton growers are urged to sign up for CTAP payments by Oct. 1.
September 1 is stalk destruction deadline in LRGV
Cotton growers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley have until Sept. 1 to complete stalk destruction.
Regulations pose challenges for Texas wheat but biotech offers opportunities
Biotech wheat development offers wheat producers new opportunities to improve efficiency.
Soil testing remains basis of fertility program
Checking nutrient level is an absolute in devising an efficient fertilization plan, but digging down as far as 48 inches could reveal leftover nutrients and significant savings on a fertilizer bill.
Wheat and other grains have promising future
The U.S. wheat industry needs to be more competitive to maintain or gain market share.
Farmers insist RMA has ample time to implement APH adjustment for 2015 2
With crop insurance now the basis of loss protection, the lower yield history presents a financial hardship to many produces.
Moisture sensors offer tool to schedule irrigation
“Moisture sensors help farmers schedule irrigation,” Taghvaeian said at the recent Oklahoma Irrigation Conference in Fort Cobb.
Mesonet provides irrigation decision tool
Farmers can use Mesonet data to make better use of irrigation water resources.
NRCS offers irrigation enhancement assistance
Conservation Stewardship Program is a five-year program that rewards farmers for past good work on conservation. Improving irrigation systems is part of that program.
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