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.

Wheat crop for the record books coming off in Northeast Texas
Northeast Texas wheat farmers are completing harvest of what many consider to be the best crop they ever made.
Northeast Texas making wheat crop “for the record books”
Northeast Texas wheat farmers are finishing up what many say will be the best crop they’ve ever made.
Rainfall benefits outweigh short-term challenges
Rainfall in recent weeks has turned cotton prospects from horrible to hopeful across most of the Southwest, but increased moisture also exposed growers to other challenges—storm damage, plant disease and weed pressure
Drought conditions continue to improve but at slower rate
It’s better than it has been but drought continues to stress more than 70 percent of Texas.
Old buildings stir imagination
Something about an old barn, an abandoned, decades-old house or a dilapidated tool shed stirs my imagination.
Texas AgriLife offers forage options
Texas AgriLife Extension and Research scientists offered several updates this week for forage and grain producers, including information on forage insurance, triticale trials and release of a new white clover variety.
Crop options guide offers alternatives to failed crops.
Lingering drought has made the annual publication an almost “must read” for West Texas farmers.
El Niño chances improve for summer, fall
The National Weather Service suggests a 70 percent chance that El Niño conditions will come this summer; that percentage increases to 80 percent by fall or winter.
Rainfall offers hope and short-term relief
Some areas of the Texas Panhandle, for instance, recorded 6 to 8 inches. Other farms received much less with some reporting fields that remain dry.
Ag needs to improve communication efforts
The agriculture industry needs to do a better job of educating the public about the challenges of feeding a growing population and the necessity of using both traditional methods and new technology to achieve sustainable food production.
Farm-related childhood deaths are down, but still too many 1
About every three days a child on a U.S. farm dies from an agriculture-related incident. Every day some 38 children are injured on a U.S. farm.
Beneficial rains fall across southwest during Memorial Day weekend
Rain fell on much of the Southwest from a few days before through a few days after the Memorial Day weekend, leaving as much as 11 inches in some locations. Other areas received as little as a trace of rain.
Water availability may change cropping systems: Part three
Farmers have come a long way toward improving irrigation efficiency
Water availability may change cropping systems: Part two 1
Population dynamics will play a role in planning for future water use.
Water availability may change cropping systems: Part one
No one is absolutely certain what agricultural production will be like in the Texas Panhandle in 10 or 20 years but most agree that it will be different.
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