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.

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Timing of new farm bill has become a guessing game
It appears farm programs are moving toward crop insurance as the risk management tool.
At 98, Elmo Snelling has no desire to retire from cotton farming
Even though he’s working on his 67th cotton crop, 98 year-old Hale County, Texas farmer Elmo Snelling has no plans to retire.
Cotton growers have one chance to get variety selection right
Well before they know what the growing season will bring, cotton growers have one chance to get their variety selection correct.
Herbicide resistance changing production options across Sunbelt
From the Coastal Plains of the Carolinas to the High Plains of Texas, farmers are facing or trying to avoid the nightmare of herbicide resistant weeds and grasses.
Prospects improved, but 2013 Texas cotton acreage still up in the air
A lot of uncertainty remains as to the eventual 2013 cotton acreage in Texas.
Despite obstacles, livestock can be incorporated into conservation-tillage systems
Farmers’ goals include productivity and profit, but protecting the environment is also important.
Reasons for optimism exist for cotton industry
In spite of significant challenges, the cotton industry also sees reasons for optimism and a turn-around in market share.
Cotton seed companies announce 2013 rookie lineups
U.S. cotton seed companies have once again released new cotton varieties, many with out-of-the-park yield potential and fiber quality.
Technology leads to five-bale per acre cotton for West Texas grower
Even though William Carlton, Jr., (Junior to his friends) wasn’t raised on a farm, something about the challenges and opportunities of making a living from the soil always appealed to him.
Boll weevil bottled up in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley
The Lower Rio Grande Valley remains the last bastion of boll weevil infestation in the country, and the decades-old eradication program continues to deplete the pest’s numbers there, but as long as a viable population exists, cotton farmers cannot rest.
Poultry litter not responsible for weed surge
You don’t get weeds in your fields from applying poultry litter.
Grain sorghum acreage increase forecast
Continued high grain prices, environmental and climate concerns, need for a viable rotation for resistant weed management and anticipated use for ethanol will spur an acreage increase for grain sorghum in 2013 and beyond.
High fertilizer prices spur need for efficiency
The price of fertilizer may have decreased some and stabilized from recent historic peaks, but it’s still expensive.
Strong demand outside China supporting cotton prices
O.A. Cleveland can’t see 90-cent cotton — 86 cents a pound, maybe.
Economist says farm bills should be designed for times of low prices
Among all the unanswered questions about the farm bill, one thing is certain: farmers will operate under the 2008 law through 2013.
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