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.

Cotton Council delegation hears praise for U.S. cotton quality
China likes U.S. cotton. They appreciate the quality, and they would buy more if they could get quota restrictions lifted.
August rainfall cheers some West Texas producers; others still wait
Overall, with the usual exceptions from one county to another or from one side of the road to the other, weather has helped a lot of producers establish the basis for good crops.
West Texas sunset worth a few extra travel minutes
But then the West Texas sky, overcast for much of the drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Lubbock, opens up above a not-so-promising cotton field, just as the sun begins to dip below the horizon.
Cattle prices down; exports key for the future; beware toxic plants
Three recent reports from Texas AgriLife media services cover the short course and announce a new workshop on toxic plant management Aug. 15 in Lubbock
Texas A&M reports on cotton markets, production and technology
We’ve collected four new reports that might be of interest to cotton and other row crop producers as the 2016 season nears and end in South Texas.
Summer photos depict leisure, work and scenic memories
This has been a busy summer, including a move, knee surgery, a 10-day 11-state road trip vacation, Little League baseball games, and my usual farm visits, summer meetings, and, for the first time in several years, a small backyard garden.
July offered opportunities for peanut information gathering
The article and gallery on Rickey Bearden, the 2016 Southwest Peanut Efficiency Award winner, offers some insight into production efficiency.
Changing perceptions crucial for agricultural markets
“As Julie Borlaug, the granddaughter of the late Norman Borlaug, has been quoted as saying, ‘We have produced a fact-resistant strain of humans.’”
Timing, technology, flexibility crucial for Peanut Efficiency Award winners
Making target yield goals for peanuts doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all package, as some of the best producers in the business will tell you.
Peanut producers hear messages for survival
PEA winners included Rickey Bearden, Yoakum County, Texas; Matt and Tonya Bryan, Baker County, Georgia; and Mike, Cindy and Brandon Belch, Northampton County, N.C.
Cotton facing some stress factors in Texas High Plains
Recent reports from Extension cotton specialists indicate some cotton likely will see a shortened bloom period, which could compromise yield potential. Most say a good soaking rain would be a godsend.
Mars pledges to use only high oleic peanuts by 2017
High oleic peanuts, she explains, are much less likely to break down and go rancid.
Hot, dry, high winds taking toll on Texas cropland; Southwest Oklahoma gets beneficial rain
Recent reports from several news sources across Texas and Oklahoma indicate how cropland is faring as the season moves into what folks used to call “lay-by time.”
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“Phase 1 of precision agriculture is already in place; Phase 2 will be integrating data to increase yield, drive down costs, and improve sustainability.”
Hot, dry conditions reduce bloom period on dryland cotton
“I know we are not keeping up with the water demands of any crop. We need a good soaking rain event across the whole South Plains.”
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