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.

Current products are important in weed control strategies, even with new technology
Pre-plant herbicides, residual products, in-season, over-the-top materials and equipment such as hooded sprayers and cultivators could be part of a comprehensive weed control strategy.
Sesame, guar may provide drought-tolerant crop options
Sesame has been a good crop option for Texas Rolling Plains' farmers Delby Darr and Kyle Streit, who farm together near Iowa Park. They like the drought and heat tolerance they get from sesame, and they say it works well in rotation with winter wheat.
Variety selection even more important for 2015 cotton planting
Cotton growers should plant multiple varieties, based on data from multiple years of trials and across multiple locations.
Retiring NCC executive expresses frustration with USDA
NCC's Mark Lange was occasionally animated in voicing his frustration with USDA and other government agencies for what he sees as a failure to protect the U.S. cotton industry.
Deadlines loom for farm bill sign up.
Producers have until Feb. 27 to make decisions on base acreage reallocation or to update yield histories. They have until March 31 to sign up for either ARC or PLC.
Texas water law serves as a model
The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation offer solutions to the increasingly complex issue of providing adequate water for a rapidly growing population.
Drought conditions are improving across southwest
Oklahoma’s southwest corner remains the driest section in the region and is well into a fourth year of mostly exceptional drought status
Timely production meetings scheduled in coming weeks
Production, farm bill, tillage meetings scheduled in coming weeks.
Rotation is key to SW High cotton Award winners’ success
Weather is the biggest challenge facing Texas Southern Plains cotton producers.
Southwest High Cotton Winner — Rotation is best thing for cotton
Ronnie Hopper and his son, R.N., believe in no-till crop production, and predict it will gain acceptance across the Texas High Plains as farmers deal with the increasingly serious problem of a declining water resource.
Key ag production conferences set for January
Upcoming conferences feature multi-crop discussions.
Normalizing relations with Cuba a boon to Texas ag
Normalized relations to Cuba could be a boon to Texas agriculture.
Drought has long been part of Texas climate and will continue
When drought settles in for several years, farm income suffers, and the shock waves of lost revenue rip across communities, counties, even regions.
TPPA honors outstanding service to agriculture at luncheon
TPPA annual awards luncheon honors outstanding service to Texas agriculture.
Water availability limiting factor in ag production
“The question of whether water is limiting our ability to produce is an easy one.” But the answer is more complex.
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