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.

Northeast Texas wheat poised for good crop
Northeast Texas should make another exceptional wheat crop.
Up to 83 percent of Texas remains in drought
Rainfall, heavy in some areas, late last week and this Monday may alter the overall status of Texas drought, but as of Tuesday, the latest Texas Water Development Board drought report indicates that conditions continue to get worse.
How does no-till compare with clean-till for summer crops?
A no-till production system makes economic and environmental sense for Oklahoma summer crop production.
OSU wheat research seeks increased efficiency
OSU researchers are working at the Tipton Valley Research Center to identify more efficient wheat varieties.
Four-bale cotton no easy chore
Four-bale cotton requires a better than average variety, ample water, a proper nutrition program, timely application of necessary practices and just a smidgen of luck.
Drought intensifies across southwest
The latest Texas Drought Monitor map shows 74 percent of the state in moderate to exceptional drought status and more than half the state is suffering severe “or worse” drought.
Research center dedication highlights history of groundbreaking research
A May 2 renaming and dedication ceremony for the Oklahoma State University Tipton Valley Research Center provided a chance to show ongoing groundbreaking research at the Southwest Oklahoma location.
Rebuilding Tipton research center continues 75-year tradition
A new structure will support “an important experiment station for Oklahoma State University."
Drought, reservoir storage levels worsen
Another week brings another Drought Monitor report that shows a continuing deterioration of drought conditions across Texas.
Farmers turn to crop insurance for risk management
Recent and ongoing meetings across the country to educate farmers and ranchers on what is a new and significantly different farm program points out one major difference from all previous farm bills
Weather affecting crop decisions
Weather continues to draw attention as farmers inspect wheat, fruit and nut crops to assess freeze damage while watching the skies for any signs of rainfall to provide planting moisture
Farm sustainability a story worth telling
Dahlen Hancock is adding new conservation wrinkles to what his ancestors practiced.
Texas A&M Decision Aid to offer farm program analysis
When it’s completed, a crop policy decision aid instrument will be a “powerful tool” to assist farmers in determining which new farm program option makes the most sense for a particular farm or crop.
Random images of Texas springtime
I was pleasantly surprised on a recent trip through the Texas Rolling Plains to find these examples of the diverse scenery of a Texas spring.
April freeze puts wheat in jeopardy
A mid-April freeze that turned temperatures from balmy high 70s degree readings to several points below freezing likely caused damage to a significant portion of the Southwest wheat crop.
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