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.

Grafting tomatoes adds to returns for North Carolina grower 1
North Carolina’s Tom Elmore had a very precise plan to start his second career as a farmer in western North Carolina.
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Harvesting wet corn will be challenge in Southeast this year 1
Persistent and prolonged rainfall throughout much of the Southeast pushed back corn planting in the spring and continues to cause problems as August rains are interfering with harvesting.
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Late-planted soybeans may be more prone to diseases
Soybeans were likely planted later than ever this year, and over a large geographic area in the Upper Southeast.
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North Carolina farm leaders seek to override governor's labor bill veto
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently vetoed a bill that would have helped solve some of the state's farm labor problems and now agricultural leaders are trying to override the veto.
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North Carolina corn crop one bright spot in tough growing season
Soybeans, cotton and other Southeast crops were hammered by excessive rainfall, but corn seems to be faring well in the wet weather in North Carolina.
Two peanut field days scheduled in North Carolina
Peanut field days in the upper and lower peanut producing belts of North Carolina are scheduled on Sept. 5 and Sept. 11.
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Heavy rains put Southeast growers ‘in a real mess’
Historic rainfall in parts of the Carolinas has severely hampered cotton and peanut production and has literally dampened the spirits of row crop farmers from the Florida Panhandle to southeast Virginia.
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Peanuts, corn, soybeans highlight upcoming South Carolina field day
The annual fall field day at the Edisto Research and Extension Center in Blackville, South Carolina will feature the latest research updates on peanuts, corn and grain sorghum.
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Smithfield Foods executives say sale to Chinese good for Southeast grain, livestock producers 2
Testifying before a recent Senate ag committee hearing, Smithfield Foods executives said the upcoming sale to a Chinese company will be good for U.S. grain and livestock producers.
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North Carolina blueberry production limited mostly by soil type
Commercial blueberry production started in North Carolina in the 1920s and is relegated because of soil-plant interactions to a specific area of the state.
Mother Nature threw curveball at Upper Southeast wheat crop
Many Upper Southeast growers decided to cut cotton, peanut and corn acres last fall when optimism about wheat and soybeans was so high.
Cutting cotton acres tough decision for North Carolina grower
Being in the ginning business, and a long-time grower, made cutting cotton acreage in half especially tough for Stantonsburg, N.C., grower Audie Murphy.
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North Carolina wheat yield champions named
Despite excessive rains, 14 North Carolina growers posted 100-plus bushel per acre yields in the annual statewide wheat yield contest.
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Water issues becoming more commonplace in Southeast agriculture
Many areas of the country that were plagued by drought the past two years are now dealing with too much water.
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Late cotton may have higher insect risks
Cotton in the Upper Southeast runs the gamut from rank to severely stunted by excessive rainfall and lack of sunlight — both create insect management challenges.
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