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.

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Fight not over on other oilseed, says House Ag chairman
“Our lawyers say it is permitted under the farm bill and his lawyers say it is not.”
Trump, Cruz face ‘electability gap,’ in 2016 general election
Cook Report analyst says New Hampshire may shed new light on Republican presidential candidates as party members begin casting actual votes.
What issues loom for cotton in 2016?
Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says the cottonseed as an other oilseed issue is not dead. “The fight is not over. The Committee believes the secretary has the authority to make the designation.”
Wheat varieties build on established standards
Wheat breeding is a long process, Rudd says. It typically takes 15 years from start to release of a new variety.
Better soil health: Reduced tillage, rotation, and cover crops
“Cover crops slow erosion, improve soil, smother weeds, and enhance nutrient and moisture availability.”
For profitable milo: Got to have good management
Grain sorghum is an exceptional companion crop with cotton.
Rotating peanuts/cotton limits nematode damage
“Cotton following peanuts also made significantly better yields in cotton root knot nematode-infested fields than cotton following corn.”
What are the issues that concern cotton farmers in 2016?
“We’re not looking at reopening the farm bill, but we are looking at other options, both short- and long-term.”
Red River Crops Conference takes on ag challenges for 2016
Production agriculture faces daunting challenges for the coming growing season, and that tight management of production costs and market opportunities will be essential to make money.
Red River Crops Conference: Low prices, high costs challenges for 2016
“No commodity prices look all that good,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist and Cotton Marketing Specialist John Robinson.
Deadlines loom for livestock assistance programs
Farmers who think they may qualify for LFP assistance need to hurry, says Texas State FSA Director Judith Canales. “Deadline is Feb. 1.
First in a series: OSU, Texas A&M economists look at 2016 ag prospects
Southwest Farm Press is pleased to offer observations from some of the most knowledgeable agricultural economists in the country in this special Southwest Agricultural Economic Outlook issue.
Moisture stress puts grain crops in jeopardy
“Early drought will affect plant size, for instance. Flooded, saturated soils for an extended period also reduce plant growth.”
Site specific agriculture: Residual nitrogen can help manage production costs
Many fields, depending on past crop choices and yield history, will have nitrogen reserves below the usual sampling zone.
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