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.

Treating sugarcane aphids in sorghum: What you need to know
Left untreated, sugarcane aphids can devastate a sorghum field. They reproduce rapidly, and if not controlled, can overwhelm sorghum in a few days.
Wild peanut DNA may hold key to improved domestic varieties 1
Charles Simpson's 48-year career as a Texas A&M AgriLife research plant breeder has been devoted to looking for specific genes in wild peanuts to make domestic varieties better.
New technology fills gaps in managing resistant weeds: Part 3
Communication will be important in roll out of new cotton technology
Resistant pigweed spread rapidly across West Texas: Part 2
One escaped pigweed is too many to prevent herbicide resistance problems.
Early fall comes with contradiction in the High Plains
Early fall, a harbinger of harvest, a time of hope and anticipation comes to the High Plains.
Here’s how to control herbicide resistant weeds: Part 1
Managing herbicide resistant weeds is complicated.
What’s the outlook for Texas peanuts?
Texas peanut prospects better than earlier expected.
Drought conditions expanding in Texas
Drought easing back into Texas.
Pump selection, maintenance improves irrigation efficiency
No one has to tell Oklahoma farmers that pumping irrigation water can be expensive.
Texas farmers and ranchers warned of damaging fall pests
Southwest farmers and ranchers should be on the lookout for grasshoppers and armyworms this fall.
Salinity in irrigation water, soils may cause significant crop loss
Too much salt isn’t good for plant health.
Peanut/cotton tour set Sept. 24 at Fort Cobb, Okla.
Caddo Research tour features peanut and cotton updates.
Texas drought recedes slightly from last week
El Niño expected to persist into fall offers hope for ample rainfall through December.
Corn and wheat harvest off in Northeast Texas
Persistent spring rains curbed Eric Akins’ wheat yields and prevented corn planting.
Moisture improves cotton prospects but encourages weed growth: OK Cotton update Part II
Much-needed rain encourages weed growth in cotton fields
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