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
House farm bill tabbed monumental, revolutionary
House farm bill lauded as bi-partisan, and the first to save money after passage Wednesday.
Cotton seminar looks at farm bill, China, trade issues
Mark Lange, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council, hit the highlights of the farm bill that finally passed the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees Jan. 27, and then cast a wider net to address issues with China, the World Trade Organization, Peru and a new initiative to support U.S. and Australian cotton.
No bulls expected in cotton markets
Based on world ending stock estimates, cotton prices should be lower than they are.
Wheat crop promising, corn planting on horizon
The earlier-planted wheat is about twice as big, tillering well and showing a more intense green color.
Drought conditions worsen slightly
The latest Drought Monitor map looks better than it did this time last year but a few more bright orange, deep red and brown spots have popped up in recent weeks, indicating that drought conditions are worsening—again—in parts of the state.
Improving soil, diversification is crucial for better cotton
Anderson County, Texas, farmer John McFarlane made better than two bales of cotton per acre, dryland, and with no rain from the end of May until September.
Most of SW wheat acreage escapes freeze damage
Most Southwest wheat acreage expected to escape cold snaps with little freeze injury.
Storm fronts need not create Dust Bowl conditions
Rolling walls of dust moving through Cimarron County, Oklahoma, in early January may have reminded some old timers of the devastation of the Dust Bowl.
Conferences, seminars abound for Texas producers
Texas farmers and ranchers have ample opportunities over the next few months to pick up the latest information on crop management, products and issues. Attendees also have opportunities to earn CEUs to keep pesticide applicator licenses current.
EPA grants Section 18 for Topguard for third year
The section 18 exemption allows for the temporary, off-label use of Topguard (flutriafol) while product manufacturer Cheminova is in the process of securing a full label. Without a section 18 exemption, it is illegal to use Topguard on cotton and other crops that are not listed on the label.
Cooperation needed for pollinator protection challenge
The bee and honey industry and agriculture interests are caught in a dilemma: how to protect bees and other pollinators while maintaining the crop protection products farmers need to manage pests.
Expect farm bill by end of January
Joe Outlaw stopped just short of almost guaranteeing a farm bill would be passed by the end of January in remarks at an economic outlook session during the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans.
Soil testing aids efficiency, environment
Soil testing offers farmers a proven means of evaluating soil nutrient levels and provides guidelines to help set fertilizer rates and application methods to achieve desired production levels.
Red River Crops Conference features multiple crops
The first Red River Crops Conference, addressing issues specific to southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains, is scheduled Jan. 28-29 in Altus, Okla.
2014 Southwest High Cotton Award Winner Steven Beakley
Rotation, variety selection, timeliness are critical for SW high cotton winner
Steven Beakley strives to produce the best cotton feasible while conserving as much soil and moisture as possible on the Ellis County farm he works with his father, Bob. That commitment was instrumental in earning him the 2014 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award for the Southwest Region.
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