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.

Summer of 2013: Was it an unlucky number for Southeast growers?
What Southeast growers saw this summer with the record rainfall will likely cause significant problems for some time to come.
Todd, Lewis, irrigation, high, yields, lower, input, costs
Irrigation cuts costs, worry for North Carolina’s Todd Lewis
Todd Lewis has long history with irrigation — some of it magic and some of it tragic.
rainfall, Southeast, insect, combinations, unusual, 2013
Soggy crops presented 2013 insect control challenge
This year’s excessive rainfall in much of the Southeast caused some unusual combinations of insect problems.
cotton, soybean, field, day, Edisto
South Carolina cotton, soybean field day set for Oct. 10
A cotton and soybean field day will be held October 10, at the Edisto Agriculture Research and Education Center near Blackville, S.C., beginning with registration at 3:30 PM.
record, rainfall, Southeast, nutrient, leaching, soils
Record rainfall has depleted soil nutrients in Southeast
Record rainfall throughout the summer has led to nutrient leaching across much of the Southeast.
North, Carolina, peanut, crop, diseases, wet, weather, 2013
Bailey, Sugg peanut varieties held off diseases during wet summer
Until the North Carolina peanut harvest is complete, no one will really know how much impact the summer’s wet weather had on the crop.
late, planted, beans, sorghum, Southeast, high, risk
Late-planted beans, sorghum carrying high-risk
For beans planted after the first week in July, weather will be a critical factor on how well the crop does or doesn’t do.
new, grain, market, Upper, Southeast, Scoular
Upper Southeast growers have new grain market
Scoular has opened new grain buying facilities in Virginia, providing additional markets for growers in the Upper Southeast.
Smithfield, Foods, sale, Chinese, approved, committee
Smithfield Foods sale clears U.S. hurdle
The sale of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world to a Chinese pork company appears to be on track.
U.S., peanut, crop, weather, surplus
Mother Nature helping reduce peanut surplus
If U.S. growers do come in with a 1.5 million ton crop, it would be a huge drop from the 3.4 million ton farmer stock peanut crop produced last year.
soybean, rust, find, North, Carolina, 2013, early
Rust find in North Carolina bad news for soybean growers
Asian soybean rust has been detected in North Carolina and it's early arrival adds to the woes of state soybean growers, who have been battling wet fields and late planting all year.
Grain sorghum finding place in Virginia crop rotations
Grain sorghum acreage is on the rise across the Upper Southeast, primarily due to the demand and good prices paid for it by Murphy-Brown.
South, Carolina, bioenterprise, summit
Summit to highlight bioenergy opportunities for South Carolina farmers
The upcoming South Carolina bioenterprise and rural economic development conference will provide information on many rural enterprises for Carolina farmers.
Tull, Hill, Farms, Kendall, Hill, volunteer, award, national
North Carolina farmer Kendall Hill wins national volunteer award
Kendall Hill, co-owner of Tull Hill Farms in Kinston, N.C., has been presented a national volunteer award for his long years of work to support agriculture.
John, Shepherd, farming, rebuilt, land, grains, high, yielding
John Shepherd growing high yielding grain on rebuilt land
John Shepherd has made a name for himself by taking unwanted farmland and producing high yielding, high quality grain crops.
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