Roy Roberson

Associate Editor,
Southeast Farm Press

James R. (Roy) Roberson began his career in agricultural communications as an assistant editor of agricultural research and teaching in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. When he retired from Auburn University in 2004, he was head of the agricultural communications program at Auburn and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Between stints at Auburn University, Roberson worked for several years as an account manager for Fletcher/Mayo and Associates, which at that time was the largest agricultural marketing and public relations company in the U.S. He also worked for nearly five years as Southeast marketing and public relations coordinator for Swanson-Rollheiser-Holland, an Omaha, Nebraska-based agricultural advertising and public relations company. In addition to his current position on the editorial staff of Southeast Farm Press, Roberson is former editor and publisher of Southern Pulp and Paper Magazine and was part of the team that created the Atlanta-based Southeast edition of Ad Week. Roberson grew up in rural east Alabama and earned bachelor and masters degrees in journalism and mass communication from Auburn University.

Sunlight is a major key to high corn, soybean yields
If a farmer can get light to the bottom of the canopy during critical grain fill periods of growth in corn or soybeans, he can increase seed weight and you can increase yield significantly.
North Carolina all commodities meeting set for Jan. 15-17
Farmers across North Carolina now recover from damage from last summer’s historic rainfall and plan for the 2014 crop at the 25th annual meeting of North Carolina corn, soybean, small grain and cotton growers association will be held Jan. 15-17.
peanuts, profitability, awards
2013 Peanut Profitability Award winners review past year’s crop
While excessive rainfall in 2013 caused fits for producers throughout the U.S. Peanut Belt, yields for the most part still averaged good to excellent, and this past year’s Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winners were among those who generally were satisfied with their most recent crops.
winter, wheat, stress, rainfall, leaching
Monitor wheat crop for any signs of stress
Record rains last spring, summer and fall across much of the Upper Southeast have left soils poorly adapted to producing a wheat crop this winter.
North Carolina grower develops mobile soil sampler
North Carolina cotton and grain farmer Allan Baucom built a mobile soil sampling system that virtually eliminates human error from the soil testing equation.
new, cotton, herbicides, sensitive, crops
Nearby sensitive crops will require careful use of new herbicides
Combinations of popular herbicides like glyphosate, glufosinate, 2,4-D and dicamba will be making their way into the market place in the next few years.
Southeast, crop, yields, 2013, reduced, rainfall, record
Upper Southeast crop yields coming in below previous two years
This year the consensus agreement is that, other than corn, virtually everything planted in the Upper Southeast will produce lower yields than the past two years.
Palmer, pigweed, identification, seedling, stage
Know your pigweed species or pay the price
Palmer pigweed has a big reputation and most of it gained by being a royal pain in the backside for row crop growers.
organic, soybeans, weed, control, cover, crops
Cover crops a must for growing organic soybeans
Soybean production is among the fastest rising of all organic crops grown in the Upper Southeast, but weed control has been an Achilles Heel.
Bell's, cotton, gin, North, Carolina, treasure, minority, owned
Bell’s Cotton Gin a North Carolina treasure
In his 50 years of growing and ginning cotton, Jackson, N.C., ginner Thomas Bell has seen a lot of changes.
fall, planted, crops, fertilizer, rainfall
Lingering impact of summer rains could be problem with fall-planted crops
Record rains in the Southeast have left soils depleted of nutrients, requiring some precise planning for fall planted crops and for upcoming crops in the spring of 2014.
high, oleic, peanut, varieties, Sullivan, Wynne
Growers should like two new high oleic peanut varieties
Tom Isleib’s next two peanut variety releases may be his biggest contribution yet to the peanut industry.
late, October, frosts, damage, North-Carolina, crops
Late October frosts deal another blow to North Carolina crops
Late planted soybeans and grain sorghum have taken two successive weekend shots of cold weather, including heavy, killing frosts in many areas of the Upper Southeast.
Bryan, Hagler, North, Carolina, rain
Bryan Hagler forced to farm around record rainfall in 2013
Rain, rain and more rain for North Carolina grower Bryan Hagler made 2013 a year of many firsts.
drones, crop, scouting, agriculture, future
Drones may help detect crop problems at early stage
On a late summer day in the southeast corner of Virginia, passersby got a brief glimpse of agriculture in the future.
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