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.

Long-term drought drives push for irrigation efficiency
Nothing drives home the importance of improving irrigation efficiency like a four-year drought.
Drought status continues to improve across Southwest
Most of Texas shows that drought removal is likely, remains but improves, or continues to be drought-free.
Beef cattle prices expected to continue upward trend
Cattle producers’ major concern for the time being is to produce and sell as many animals as they can.
Oklahoma has ambitious water management strategy
For agriculture, the water use goal has to be: “use as little as possible to maximize yield and profit.”
Fungicide, seed treatment and varieties key to wheat yield
Fallon and other Northeast Texas wheat farmers harvested the best wheat crop they ever made early last summer, and that crop followed No. 2 and No. 3 on the all-time best yield list.
New normal for Oklahoma economy may depend on trade, education, infrastructure
"Gross national product or GNP “is back on track but not on the same trend line as before the economic meltdown.”
SW drought abating but exceptional drought spots remain
Areas considered in moderate to exceptional drought are beginning to diminish across the Southwest
After earning business degree, farm beckons young man home
“I could have gone away to college but I wanted to stay close and continue to farm.”
Red River Crops Conference features wide range of topics
The Red river Crops Conference is a cooperative venture between Oklahoma State University and Texas AgriLife Research and Extension programs
Resistant-weed problems could be bad again next year
Producers who continued to rely on Roundup-only this year may have faced an uphill battle all season as they tried to manage resistant pigweed.
Southwest peanut harvest underway with average or better yields
Oklahoma peanut farmers are looking at what could be “the best crop they ever raised."
FSA encourages farmers to work with decision tools
“ARC and PLC will be a big part of the agricultural economy next year."
Ag success depends on managing the controllable
The key to success, says Michael Swanson, economist and senior vice president, Wells Fargo Bank, is for farmers to be very good at managing things they can control.
Timely rainfall, better products help boost NE Texas wheat yields
As Northeast Texas farmers finish planting wheat for harvest next spring they wonder if they can make four bumper crops in a row.
Farm bill decision meetings scheduled across region
Cooperative Extension and other Southwest associations and agencies are hosting numerous farm bill decision-aid meetings.
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