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.

Clear weather permits cotton farmers to play catch up
“If we have a good summer and a good fall, we have potential to make 3.5 to 4 million bales.”
Texas FSA responding to rain damage while completing drought claims
Texas farmers, ranchers, and landowners who have incurred damage from recent adverse weather should gather all pertinent records and contact their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible.
Yellow ground poses concerns for cotton alternatives
Cotton herbicide applications may influence alternate crop options.
Persistent rainfall may force producers to opt for prevented planting option
Prevented planting is not a one-size fits all program but provides producers several options.
Rain hampering cotton planting, growth across Southwest
Heavy rains across the region this spring kept farmers out of their fields.
Drought-free status noted on more than half of Southwest acreage
Texas shows more than 70 percent of the state as drought-free.
UAVs transition to agriculture from military technology
Adding drones to the concept of precision agriculture opens up a host of opportunities.
Storm photos show stark beauty, property damage
The overall mood seems to be hopeful as soil moisture going into summer is the best it’s been for years.
Texas Plains region leads state cotton production
Four Texas production areas accounted for almost 4.1 million bales of production.
Storm systems bring much needed moisture but some damage
Across the state, the storms were a mixed blessing with most producers happy to have the moisture.
Fungicide application on wheat paying off this year
Test weights and stalk strength also will benefit from timely fungicide application.
Rainfall brings relief to drought-stressed Southwest
It’s pleasant to see picture of West Texas depicting something other than dust for a change.
Correction: July 16, 2014 article regarding tick fever
“Bovine babesiosis is caused by Babesia bovis or Babesia bigemina in this hemisphere,” Dr. Holman explains
A little clear weather needed for northeast Texas grain farmers
Farmers agree deciding on farm bill programs was the most confusing sign-up they have ever gone through.
Rainfall across Southwest hailed as “million dollar rain”
Rainfall was widespread, according to reports across Texas and Oklahoma.
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