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.

Stiles field Day featured drone technology
Field day features a drone demonstration, updates on crop nutrition, sugarcane aphids in sorghum, laws and regulations changes, horn fly control in cattle and aquatic weed management.
Late nitrogen application may help saturated corn fields
“Corn may be able to take up some nitrogen late. If it’s applied close to tasseling, for instance, we could see benefits.”
Crops, wine grapes, cattle and equipment featured at summer field days, tours, and conferences
Varied lineup available for summer field days, meetings and tours.
Weather, mostly rain, dominates Texas AgriLife Extension activities
Recent reports from the Texas A&M ag communications team detail numerous problems with heavy or persistent rain.
Larry Combest takes on Heritage Action
Larry Combest always stood firm on his commitment to agriculture and the needs of rural America.
USDA announces Okla. seminars; Zika a target
Two USDA workshops target Zika virus, crop and livestock management
U.S. peanuts reach 80 percent planted
Southwest peanut weather issues—rain, severe thunderstorm and high temperatures (into the 90s) in Oklahoma, and some significant hail damage in the Southern High Plains in Texas.
Planting season well underway for High Plains crops
High Plains farmers busy with planting season.
Almost drought-free, Texas shows only small patches of abnormally dry areas
“only a mouse’s squeak of drought in Hemphill County."
Texas peanut planting nears half-way mark
Cooler than normal weather delays Texas peanut planting.
Southwest cotton crop well underway in the South; Planters are rolling in the Southern and High Plains
Most cotton fields in southern and eastern Texas are faring well and recent rains have improved soil moisture indexes in portions of West Texas and the Panhandle in time for planting













Wet spring provides good environment for wheat disease
Here’s a brief look at what Extension wheat specialists are seeing as the crop nears harvest.
Here's how to judge sugarcane aphid populations in grain sorghum
Texas AgriLife Extension and Research entomologists have developed scouting, sampling and treatment protocols for effective control and to allow beneficial insects opportunity to control low-level populations.
How to scout for sugarcane aphids in sorghum to achieve effective control
Here’s how to scout sorghum for sugarcane aphids to develop a timely and effective control program, according to Texas AgriLife Extension entomologists and a Scouting Sugarcane Aphid scout card .
Canola offers economic advantages to Southwest growers
Canola will be the focus of a special field day May 10 at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.
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