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.

Drought status improves across Texas
Finally, a drought that has tortured Texas farmers and ranchers for almost four years seems to be diminishing.
Sugarcane aphid identified in Oklahoma sorghum
The sugarcane aphid continues its northern march through Southwest grain sorghum fields, putting the crop at risk of severe damage if growers fail to make timely insecticide applications.
Multiple factors creating weed problems
Specialists across the Southwest agree that weed resistance has become a more serious problem in recent years.
Moisture levels remain low for SW peanuts; crop conditions holding up
Lack of moisture remains a key issue for southwest peanut growers as they head into the hottest, often driest months of the summer.
Watershed Rehabilitation funds will protect property and lives
Watershed Rehabilitation funds will provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams in 26 states. Several of those dams are in Oklahoma.
Sugarcane aphids reach treatment threshold in NE Texas
Kendal Wright doesn’t intend to let a heavy infestation of sugarcane aphids jeopardize his chances of making an excellent grain sorghum crop this year.
Early sugarcane aphid infestation threatens NE Texas grain sorghum
Timely application of Transform WG insecticide is offering excellent control of sugarcane aphids in Northeast Texas.
Texas peanuts have potential for “above average” year
The Texas peanut crop has potential for “well above average yields, if we get favorable fall weather,” says Texas AgriLife Extension plant pathologist Jason Woodward, Lubbock.
High Plains cotton mixed bag but overall a promising start
Cool, wet conditions early in the season set West Texas cotton up for unusually heavy seedling disease pressure, but the overall crop may make decent yields.
Aphids can create yield loss, harvest trouble
The sugarcane aphid poses a much greater threat to Northeast Texas sorghum fields this year than it did last summer when it showed up too late to cause much damage.
Drought conditions mostly unchanged
Southwest farmers and ranchers will have their eyes on the skies this week as weather reports indicate lower temperatures and good chances of rain covering much of the region.
Mixed conditions persist with Texas weather
In spite of recent rainfall across much of the Southwest, large parts of Texas remain stuck in extreme and exceptional drought status
Efficiency, hard work are keys to peanut operation
Doing as much of the work themselves as possible is a key to making an efficient peanut crop, say Isaac, John and George Guenther.
SW Peanut Profitability winners make high yield despite drought
A key to making an efficient peanut crop is to do as much of the work as they can and hire out only what’s necessary.
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.
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